Video: Firefighter, DNR official rescue deer stuck in frozen Red Lake River


A large doe broke through thin ice on the Red Lake River and struggled for hours to get out of the water, until a firefighter and a wildlife manager paddled to the rescue.

Officials got the call Wednesday afternoon that a deer was stuck in the northwestern Minnesota river, so Crookston firefighter Chris Klawitter and Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager Ross Hier borrowed a neighbor's flat-bottom boat to get to the deer, KROX reports.

They used a pike pole (a long pole with a hook on the end) to pull the boat through the icy river, the Grand Forks Herald says, before finally reaching the doe and lifting her into the boat, the Crookston Times reports.

It's estimated the deer was in the water for about four hours before being rescued, so when she got to shore she laid there for a few hours before trotting away, KROX notes.

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