Sublette County deputies rescue deer from pond

Rescued deer. (Sublette Co. Sheriff’s Office Photo/Deputy Justin Hays)

PINEDALE, WYOMING (Dec. 11, 2019) — Deputies from the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office came to the rescue of a deer that found itself stranded in a local pond Tuesday.

On Dec. 10, Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Hays was travelling to Pinedale for training. As he was passing through the town of Daniel, he observed a deer struggling to free itself from a pond that had partially iced over.

He radioed to dispatch that he was on scene and was soon joined by Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Peterson, who was on duty at the time; Deputy Peterson activated his body-worn camera.

Deputy Hays, along with a select few other deputies carry ranch ropes, team ropes or lariats in their patrol vehicles, which they use to help get livestock off the roadways. Deputy Hays had two ropes with him at the time.

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He tied one end of the rope off to a tree so he could test the stability of the ice to ensure it would support his weight as well as Deputy Peterson. The deer attempted to swim away from Deputy Hays as he approached it, so Deputy Peterson gathered the first rope and went to the opposite end of the open water.

Deputy Hays lassoed the deer and was able to drag it up on to the ice. Deputy Hays said he wanted to have a large enough loop for the deer to get a leg through so the rope wouldn’t be around the deer’s neck.

The deer was exhausted and cold, so Deputy Hays carried it over to the asphalt blacktop so it would help warm the deer up. Deputy Hays drove back by the area after his training that afternoon and the deer was gone.

Se a video of the rescue on the Wyo4News Facebook page.

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