In Kalamazoo, Michigan, police officers were checking parking lots on Tuesday night when they found what they thought to be a suspicious man sitting in a car behind a hotel (video below).
According to WOOD-TV, the unidentified motorist told Officer Miller: "I hit a deer. I figured you would want to see it."
The man had planned to take the dead deer home for dinner.
The 'dead' deer jumped out of the trunk as Officer Miller, another police officer and the driver looked on in shock, reports NBCNews.com.
Lt. Stacey Geik said Officer Miller "wanted to check on the tagging of the deer to make sure it was appropriately tagged with a kill permit or accident permit," but the deer escaped, running off into the woods.