Officers Stop Deer on Bay Bridge for 'Toll Evasion'

The California Highway Patrol took this photo of a deer on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge standing in the middle of an on-ramp early Tuesday morning.  (Courtesy of CHP Facebook)

California highway officers say they stopped a young deer on the east span of the Bay Bridge "for toll evasion."

A photo published Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol shows the deer on the bridge standing in the middle of an on-ramp with a deer-in-the-headlights look.

The officer joked in a Twitter post that the doe usually pays the toll but "today she was a buck short."

It looks to us like that "doe" is really a young spike buck -- if you look closely, you'll notice two small thin antlers. "She" may have had that buck after all.

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CHP Officer Matthew Hamer says two officers were on patrol on the bridge early Tuesday when the deer came out of the woods on Treasure Island and walked in front of their car.

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He says after staring at them for a couple of minutes -- long enough for the officers to snap a photograph -- the deer went back into the woods.

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