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Rescuers pull deer to safety from Gold River area canal

Firefighters bring deer trapped in canal under control
Firefighters bring deer trapped in canal under control Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Two deer lived to roam again after being rescued Monday by firefighters from a steep-sided canal in the Gold River area.

The rescue operation by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters of the young deer, a buck and a doe, occurred Monday afternoon at the Folsom South Canal near Hazel Avenue and Tributary Point Drive.

Deer have been known in the past to become trapped in the canal, which diverts water from Lake Natoma.

Metro Fire firefighter-spokeswoman Capt. Michelle Eidam said the canal where the deer were trapped was open on one side. The other side of the canal was fenced.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife notified Metro Fire firefighters that the deer were in the water and could not climb out on the rain-slickened concrete walls of the canal.

Firefighters launched two inflatable boats. Armed with long poles with nooses at one end, firefighter crews were eventually able to get both of the deer out of the water.

The deer were securely tied for their safety and the safety of the firefighters. Fish and Wildlife representatives then drove the animals to a nearby park area where they were released.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.