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‘A Much-Welcomed Lift’: Crane Operator Helps Colorado Parks and Wildlife Rescue Deer Trapped on Icy Lake

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a local crane operator helped them rescue a deer late last week. Wildlife officials say they were called to Evergreen Lake after the animal became trapped due to snow and ice.

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The deer trapped on Evergreen Lake. (Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

When they arrived, they were able to wrap the deer up for its own safety. A nearby crane operator offered to help.

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Wildlife officials assisting the deer. (Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

“In a rather lucky twist, a nearby crane truck operator stopped to help and gave our officers a much-welcomed lift,” wrote Colorado Parks and Wildlife on their social media post. “We wrapped the deer, and our wildlife officer, Ian, used his rope-lassoing skills to hook the deer up to the crane.”

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Lifting the deer to safety. (Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Once the deer was free from the ice, they lifted the animal to safety. Afterward, wildlife officials relocated the deer to a safer area and released it. They say the animal appeared “unscathed” and quickly ran off.

The chilly conditions of a Colorado winter are not new to deer. Unlike other mammals who hibernate, deer stay warm with their fur coats. They also have a layer of fat that helps insulate their bodies. When it comes to a winter storm, deer will take cover under something like an evergreen tree. Later, they’ll use their horns to brush snow away from their food sources.

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