Klamath County Deputies Save Deer Stranded on Frozen Lake

Two deputies with the Klamath County Sheriff's Office took to a canoe onto the frozen surface of Klamath Lake in order to save a deer stranded on the ice.

Posted: Jan. 4, 2019 2:26 PM
Updated: Jan. 4, 2019 3:36 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Two deputies with the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) took a canoe onto the precarious ice of Klamath Lake on Friday morning in order to save a mule deer buck stranded out on the frozen surface of the lake.

"The deer could not stand up due to exhaustion and the slippery ice," said Jeff Horton, who took pictures and video of the rescue operation.

Deputies Terry Brown and Miguel Pena with KCSO used a canoe to scrape their way across the relatively thin ice, then tied a rope around the deer's antlers. Once back ashore, the deputies pulled the rope to drag the hapless deer across the ice and up to the shoreline.

Unstable but seemingly unscathed, the deer took off back into the woods as soon as the deputies released their rope.

Videos of the rescue operation can be viewed below. All photos and video were taken by Jeff Horton.

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