Attacked by a coyote and then stranded on ice, this was certainly one lucky buck.
The young mule deer was spotted on Skaha Lake in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley on Saturday morning.
That’s when conservation officers — and firefighters — stepped in to help.
“Its tail was bitten off,” the B.C. Conservation Officer Service tweeted. “The deer had likely been chased by a coyote, which was spotted.”
The Penticton and Okanagan Falls Fire Departments were also called in.
The deer was brought to shore.
And, its injuries were checked out.
#BCCOS helped rescue an injured deer – its tail was bitten off – on the ice @ #SkahaLake The deer had likely been chased by a coyote, which was spotted. With the help of @pentictonfire the deer was taken to safety & released into the wild (its injuries weren’t critical) #teamwork pic.twitter.com/OyjPLAkC3i
— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) January 19, 2020
Fortunately, the injuries weren’t critical and the animal was exhausted.
But the deer was set free — banged up and minus a tail, but otherwise, fine.
The firefighters union applauded its members.
“B Company doing some wildlife a solid,” IAFF Local 1399 tweeted. “For the last few years this has happened most winters. Thanks to those for Calling the Conservation Officers.”
— IAFFLOCAL1399 (@iafflocal1399) January 18, 2020
Photos B.C. Conservation Officer Service/Twitter