While going sledging may be a popular winter sport for us humans, it’s not well suited to deer as one buck found out to his dismay in the Williams Lake area this week.
A resident was hiking in the lakecity area recently when they stumbled upon a strange scene. A buck had somehow gotten the ropes of a toboggan tangled up in his antlers and was struggling to dislodge it in the winter snow. Reacting promptly, the person who found the deer gave the Conservation Officer Service a call on the RAPP line for help.
In an effort to reach the animal in distress as fast as possible, conservation officers hopped onto a snowmobile and arrived on the scene promptly. Thankfully, the buck was uninjured and it was a simple manner of tranquillizing him so the officers could move in to cut the rope and free him of his unexpected headdress. Shortly afterwards officers watched the deer “prance away,” happy to be free and on his way.
While conservation officers often see deer caught up in hammocks, netting and Christmas lights, this toboggan marks a first for Williams Lake according to the Conservation Officer Service’s Facebook page.