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Wyoming sheriff’s deputies lasso deer stuck in icy pond

sheriff's deputies lasso deer in pond
Sublette County Sheriff's Office

PINEDALE, Wyo. -- A Sublette County Sheriff's deputy was driving through Pinedale on his way to training when he saw an unusual call to action.

A deer had become stuck in a pond that was partially iced over. Deputy Justin Hays radioed to dispatch and was soon joined by Deputy Peterson, who activated his body camera to capture the rescue.

According a post from the Sublette County Sheriff's Office, several of their deputies carry ranch ropes in patrol vehicles to help get livestock off of roadways.

Luckily, Hays is one of those deputies. He put his roping skills to good use by lassoing the deer and pulling it safety.

But to ensure his safety and the safety of Deputy Peterson, Hays first tied a rope to a nearby tree to test the strength of the ice, the Sheriff's Office said.

Once the animal was back on solid ground, Hays picked up the exhausted deer and carried it to nearby asphalt to warm up.

Hays told the Sheriff's Office that when he drove by later that afternoon, it had gone.

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