Wild Rescue

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

When two deer became stuck neck-deep in the fast-drying muck of the Storm Lake dredging spoil site Friday afternoon, passers by and area DNR officials staged a daring rescue. Creating a bridge by moving sheets of plywood with them as they inched their way over the quicksand-like spoil, they reached the exhausted deer and lassoed them, while other volunteers hauled on the ropes to laboriously pull the deer to safe ground. Both the mother doe and the yearling buck were rescued, while two of the DNR workers - one in his first day on the job - at times sank up to their hips and had to be pulled free. DNR officials stressed the danger for humans or animals in the volatile site. "A person on their own would break through the crust and be gone in moments," one said.

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