Resident and COs rescue deer from Seymour Lake

The mule deer buck fell through the thin ice yesterday afternoon

A local resident and conservation officers in Smithers were able to rescue a mule deer buck from the icy waters of Seymour Lake yesterday after they received a tip from a resident.

The call came into the Conservation Office Service (COS) RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters line) and an officer was dispatched.

In the interim, the resident acted quickly heading out in his boat to break up the thin layer of ice that has only recently formed on Seymour and other area lakes.

READ MORE: Trapped moose put down

When the conservation officer (CO) arrived the resident was already attempting to guide the unfortunate deer back to shore.

“A Conservation Officer (CO) who rushed to the area tossed a ‘throw bag’ (a piece of boating safety equipment COs also keep in their trucks) out to help guide the animal to shore by looping it through its antlers,” a COS Facebook post said. “The deer made its way to the edge of shore and was hauled out, and the rope removed.”

They wrapped the animal up in blankets to recover and within an hour watched it walk away.

The COS said they do get occasional calls of animals falling through the ice, but this is the first call for Smithers this season.

Although this story had a happy ending, the COS also expressed concern about people putting themselves in danger.

“The BCCOS would like to remind the public to not put themselves in danger by attempting to rescue animals in such situations, and instead call the RAPP line,” the Facebook post said.



editor@interior-news.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

COLUMN | Creating a “community of practice” inspires

Art Matters by columnist Sarah Zimmerman

Hockey puck with nails found at Terrace Sportsplex Arena

City believes it has already caused $4,000 of damage

Kitselas First Nation receives $1.2M boost for apprenticeship development program

Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education announces $7.5M for six Indigenous training programs

Terrace Skating Club takes home 24 medals from regional championships

Skaters claim top spot for fifth year in a row

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

UBC grad and sister killed in Iran plane crash had bright futures ahead, close friend says

Asadi-Lari siblings Mohammad Hussein and Zeynab were two of 57 Canadians aboard downed Flight PS752

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Coastal GasLink work camp in Vanderhoof gets approved by the ALC

The work camp behind the Vanderhoof airport was first rejected by the commission in October last year

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

Most Read