Men Canoe on Dark River to Rescue Trapped Deer


Written byTammy Geerdtsof Wisconsin

My husband and I came across this large buck as we were walking our dogs through a parkway near our house.It was the middle of the day and the deer was half submerged in the pond.We got a closer look and realized he had something wrapped aroundhis antlers and it was trailing about 100 feet behind him. It was a white, nylon strap.

We ran home to call the Department of Natural Resources and wildlife agencies, but no one could help him.My husband suited up in his waders and we went back to try to cutthe strapoff the antlers, but of course the deer ran away with this trailing behind him. He ran across the road and back frantically kicking and jumping–trying to escape the thing chasing behind him.He ended up back in the pond, but we could not reach him.

They Wanted to Let Him Die

By this time, a Department of Natural Rescources agent stopped by and told us that they do not interfere with wild animalsunlessthere isa danger to the public.They thought that the deer would likely die of exhaustion or hypothermia if it stayed submerged in the pond.

We were trying to figure out a way to help him and thought if we could get a boat in the pond, maybe we could cut him loose.By this time, it was late and we’d have to wait until the next day.

At night, we drove over to see him and he was out of the pond under some trees withthe strap trailing behind on top of the pond.After some calls to sympathetic friends, we borrowed a canoe and my husband and good friend rowed up to where the strap lay on the water and grabbed hold. The buck jumped out of the water and pulled them, but they were able to shorten the strap to about2-3 feet hanging off the side of his rack. The buck ran away and we never saw him again.He was finally free! See The Photos

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Loretta P.
Loretta P4 years ago

Awesome. Thank you for helping him.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

Wow. That was a very long strap from your picture!! I am so glad your husband and his friend were able to cut it. Poor guy must have been so relieved to have most of it gone. Thankis for helping him.

I think the Department of Natural Rescources agent is in the WRONG job. The deer is a natural rescource, so why didn't he try to help him? Sounds LAZY to me!!!

Natalia Baul
Natalia Baul5 years ago

good job

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

Thank you for caring enough to save him. It's infuriating that they just wanted to let him die.

Marlene Dinkins

thnx well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hanna Barney
Hanna Barney5 years ago

thnks for sharing

Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf5 years ago

Thank you for all the gallant work you did to save that wonderful creature. Isn't sad that to have an agency that is suppose to help wildlife tell you just leave it alone it will die anyway? We need more people like you.

Antony M.
Antony Mcgowan5 years ago

great story well done that man

ann b.
Ann B6 years ago

Thank you for the effort.

mari s.
Mari S6 years ago

Just fantastic -- you're all great and the best people ever -- you went out of your way just a little and saved this deer's life -- it seems it may not be a big deal to others, but it surely is a big deal to the deer, and to all of you, and to me. Once again, thank you for being the kind of human beings you are -- the greatest!