Ranger rescues 4 stranded deer in Utah | PostIndependent.com

Ranger rescues 4 stranded deer in Utah

ROCKPORT STATE PARK, Utah (AP) ” A man who planned to spend the day skiing instead found himself crawling on an ice-covered reservoir trying to rescue four mule deer.

Joe Donnell, a Rockport State Park ranger, carried four deer to safety after they became stranded on the ice covering Rockport Reservoir.

While six deer were seen stranded, Donnell could only get close enough to four ” all yearlings ” without possibly getting into trouble himself.

The deer were all sprawled out on the ice, too exhausted to get up. Donnell wore an ice rescue suit and was attached to a rope so helpers could pull him in once he reached each deer.

Donnell left the deer on the shoreline and hopes they’ll survive the winter.

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