Pursued by hunters, a deer paralyzes SNCF traffic in Chantilly

    Pursued by hunters, a deer paralyzes SNCF traffic in Chantilly

    More than 2 hours 30 minutes for a Paris-Chantilly journey, travelers might have thought they had returned to the era of the steam train on Tuesday afternoon. But it is an incident outside the SNCF which is the origin of this delay, in this case the irruption of a deer on the tracks around 3:30 p.m. at Chantilly-Gouvieux station. Pursued by the hunting crew of the Trois Forêts rally, the animal headed for the station with a pack of dogs on its heels.

    “Seeing the direction it was taking, the crew called the dogs back but a few followed the animal to the station, concedes Laurent Facques, communication manager for the venery in Picardy. The dogs were recovered and then the gendarmerie took over because we can no longer intervene when the animal is in an urban area. “

    The gendarmes called in a veterinarian for a hypodermic shot on the animal which was able to return to the forest. LP / Hervé Sénamaud

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    A version contested by the anti-venery activists of the AVA collective (Abolissons la Vénerie Today). “We started by receiving reports of people who were surprised to see the hunt taking place near the racetrack, then others mentioning the arrival of dogs in town. That did not prevent the hunters from continuing, ”laments Léa Le Faucheur, member of AVA Chantilly. According to the collective, the hunters disappeared when they understood that the deer had taken refuge in the heart of the city.

    While the animal, exhausted, panted at the edge of the tracks, the SNCF then immediately interrupted traffic in both directions. “It was necessary to prevent it from crossing the tracks again”, confirms the SNCF.

    “We considered several options and we decided to put him to sleep to evacuate him,” explains Captain Jacques, commander of the Chantilly gendarmerie company. An area veterinarian arrived and performed the hypodermic shot. Luckily, all of this happened before the high school release and rush hour. “

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    The first effect of the shooting was to raise the deer. Supervised by about twenty gendarmes and ten municipal police officers, the animal returned to the undergrowth via the Bois-Saint-Denis district.

    Pursued by hunters, a deer paralyzes SNCF traffic in Chantilly

    The gendarmes called in a veterinarian for a hypodermic shot on the animal which was able to return to the forest. LP / Hervé Sénamaud

    Rail traffic resumed shortly after 6 p.m. “Crew officials offer their most sincere apologies to people who have suffered train delays,” says the company. Regrets which may not satisfy the SNCF in view of the inconvenience caused. “They reserve the right to lodge a complaint”, specifies the commander of the Chantilly company.

    An option also carefully studied by Franck Dhersin, in charge of transport in the Hauts-de-France region, indicating this Tuesday evening “that he was going to approach the authorities” to consider this possibility. “We hope that the mayor will take an order because, in fact, today what happened was nothing illegal,” says Léa Le Faucheur for AVA.

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