CA: Local, State Agencies Collaborate to Rescue and Release Trapped Buck


A male deer was rescued today from an irrigation canal in north
Sacramento, thanks to the help of state and local rescue personnel.
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) collaborated with the
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (SacMetro Fire) and the
Office of Emergency Services (OES) to save the frightened buck from
its unusual predicament.

The buck was trapped in a rain-swollen irrigation canal adjacent to
Sunrise Boulevard. He was first spotted by a concerned citizen who
called 911. Upon arrival, DFG wardens saw the panicked deer
fighting for its life and immediately improvised a rescue

Using a motor boat, a rope and the strength of 10 men and women,
the deer was successfully lassoed and pulled to safety on the
opposite side of the canal, where a state licensed veterinarian was
on hand to inspect and treat it. Though it was exhausted, cold and
wet, and had suffered scrapes on its hooves in its effort to
escape, the deer was in otherwise good condition, said DFG Warden
Patrick Foy.

“I am very pleased and impressed with my fellow first responders at
SacMetro Fire and OES,” Foy said. “Our collaborative efforts were
well-thought out and rescue personnel safety was an important
consideration. Although deer are very good swimmers and can survive
for a period of time in the water, it was evident that this strong
male buck was exhausting himself and we had a short window of time
for rescue.”

After the rescue, the buck was transported and released in the
north Sunrise area far from the canal.


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