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A wild stag on the loose in east Belfast has been shot dead by police (stock photo)

A wild stag on the loose in east Belfast has been shot dead by police (stock photo)

A wild stag on the loose in east Belfast has been shot dead by police (stock photo)

A wild stag on the loose in east Belfast has been shot dead by police.

The animal was shot by police on the Gilnahirk Road after it was determined to be a danger.

Police said the animal was on the road and had "narrowly missed" a number of cars.

Police had initially attempted to deal with the incident without harming the animal, but were unable to do so.

Inspector Eastwood said: "As the stag was in an extremely agitated and dangerous state, running wild in a densely populated area and posed a danger to motorists police shot the animal dead."

The period between September and November is rutting season for stags, and they can pose a danger to humans if approached.

A police spokesperson said the stag was shot humanely and died instantly.

The BBC reports a child, believed to be seven years old, was gored by a stag in one of London's Royal Parks last week.

In December 2016, a stag was shot dead by a vet after being hit by a car on the A1 near Banbridge, Co Down.

The animal was put down to avoid the risk of further accidents.

Belfast Telegraph