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Deer Crashes Through Plate Glass Window of Reston Home

by Karen Goff — February 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm 9 Comments

A Reston homeowner got a surprise along with her morning coffee Thursday morning when a deer smashed through a large window of her Hunters Woods-area home.

The homeowner — who asked her name and address not be used because her house is not secure right now — said she heard a large crash.

“I thought it was a tree branch,” she said. “There was a rumbling sound and glass breaking. Then I looked in the sunroom and there was a mess all over.”

The homeowner, who has lived in the house off of Steeplechase Road for 49 years, said the deer knocked a chair across the room. The sunroom door was closed, so the deer was unable to run through the house, she said.

Among the broken glass from the 3-by-5 foot window, the homeowner and her daughter found clumps of animal hair.

The homeowner said she sees deer coming through her wooded lot almost daily.

“They pass through all the time,” she said. “They are usually so tame. I don’t think there was anything I could have done to prevent this.”

Deer population has been on the rise in Reston and other Fairfax County areas, officials said. It has created mainly a hazard on roads, especially during mating season. Reston Association in 2014 approved a private deer hunt on Sourwood Lane, which is also in the Hunters Woods area.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Another home invasion in Hunters Woods! Those illegal immigrants in the Section 8 housing are really out of control.

    • SnarkyAuntie

      Probably came in on the Silver Line.

  • Mike M

    Funny, this is my dog’s fantasy. He dreams about it.

  • 5150

    “The homeowner, who has lived in the house off of Steeplechase Road for 49 years, said the deer knocked a chair across the room. The sunroom door was closed, so the deer was unable to run through the house, she said.” So a window is no problem to crash through but a door stops it?

    • Arielle in NoVA

      The deer was probably running when it smacked into the glass. The door to the inside of the house could also be more solid than the glass outer perimeter.

      • 5150

        Could have used the key under the mat but you are correct.

  • WheelieRestin

    If there had been any hunters in Hunters Woods this never would’ve happened.

  • Frank Angel

    “Reston Association in 2014 approved a private deer hunt on Sourwood Lane, which is also in the Hunters Woods area.”

    Well, not really. They “approved” the hunt, and then place draconian insurance restrictions on it that no underwriter would meet for any price. I wonder if they were threatened by a lawsuit related to this case if they might see the light.

  • Gary Paxton

    This is not an unusual occurrence in Reston. It happened to my daughter in North Reston back in 2001. A deer crashed through a window and did a lot of damage to window, walls and furniture. Lucky for her, the insurance covered all of the damage but it was quite a nerve-wracking experience. Apparently the deer sees a reflection of themselves in the glass and thinks it is another deer.

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