Employees at North Coast Log Handling Ltd. Near Kitimat are being credited for alerting Conservation Officers to a deer stranded on their logs, Jan. 26. Officers were able to tranquilize and rescue the animal.

Precariously balanced deer saved from log handling facility

A quick call from compassionate employees at North Coast Log Handling helped Terrace Conservation Officers likely save the life of a young deer precariously trapped on floating logs.

Conservation arrived in Kitimat on the morning of Jan. 26 to find the buck slipping between the logs as he exhaustively tried navigating his escape. Officers believe the deer was chased onto the scene by a dog or wild predator.

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The deer was assessed and tranquilized with a dart gun. “Fortunately, the animal did not move very much after being struck with the dart and remained on a fairly sound portion of the floating logs,” Conservation Officer Scott Senkiw said.

With the assistance of employees on site, using a small logging tugboat, officers were able to move the animal to safety in the back of a patrol truck.

He was tagged and then taken a short distance away where reversal drugs were administered. He immediately began munching on nearby vegetation, at which point officers determined he’d be okay.

The Conservation Office was pleased to report the happy ending to media, following an earlier, grimmer appeal for the public’s assistance in locating the person responsible for a spate of illegal snaring of large animals.

READ MORE: Public’s help sought in cruel and prolific animal snaring activity

Terrace Conservation thanked the public for calling the “Report all Poachers and Polluters” or RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 and reporting the incident.



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