Sublette County Sheriff’s deputies rescue deer from pond

SUBLETTE COUNTY, Wyo. — Every living thing is important to law enforcement, who are sworn to protect and serve even when that includes the four-legged variety of their citizens.

Great job, deputies! Is team roping in your future? Photo: Deputy Justin Hays // SCSO

As Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Hays was traveling to Pinedale for training yesterday at around 12:45 p.m., he noticed a deer struggling to free itself from a pond that had partially iced over near Daniel. He radioed to dispatch that he was on scene and was soon joined by Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Peterson who was on duty at the time.

Deputy Peterson activated his body camera. around 12:45 p.m. about a deer that had fallen through the ice into a pond near Daniel.

A few deputies on the force, including Hayes, just happen to carry ranch ropes in their patrol vehicles which they may use to help get livestock off roadways. Deputy Hays had two ropes with him at the time. He tied one end of the rope off to a tree so he could test the stability of the ice to ensure it would support his weight as well as Deputy Peterson.

But as Hays crept out onto the thin ice, the deer became frightened attempted to swim away from him. Peterson gathered the first rope and went to the opposite end of the open water to haze the deer back toward Hays who was eventually able to lasso it and drag it up onto the ice and out of the pond.

Deputy Hays said he made sure large to have a large enough loop for the deer to get a leg through so the rope wouldn’t be around the deer’s neck.

The deer was cold and exhausted so Deputy Hays carried it over to the asphalt blacktop where he hoped it would warm up quicker. Deputy Hays drove back by the area after his training that afternoon to check on the deer and noted it had left the area on its own.

Great job, deputies! Is team roping in your future?

Video of Deer Rescue December 10th 2019

(Pinedale, Wyo –December 11th, 2019) SCSO Deputies rescue stranded deer in local pond, update 2pm.On December 10th, 2019, Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Hays was travelling to Pinedale for training. As he was passing through the town of Daniel, he observed a deer struggling to free itself from a pond that had partially iced over. He radioed to dispatch that he was on scene and was soon joined by Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Peterson who was on duty at the time and Deputy Peterson activated his body worn camera.Deputy Hays, along with a select few other deputies carry ranch ropes, team ropes or lariats in their patrol vehicles which they use to help get livestock off the roadways. Deputy Hays had two ropes with him at the time. He tied one end of the rope off to a tree so he could test the stability of the ice to ensure it would support his weight as well as Deputy Peterson. The deer attempted to swim away from Deputy Hays as he approached it so Deputy Peterson gathered the first rope and went to the opposite end of the open water. Deputy Hays lassoed the deer and was able to drag it up on to the ice. Deputy Hays stated he wanted to have a large enough loop for the deer to get a leg through so the rope wouldn’t be around the deer’s neck.The deer was exhausted and cold so Deputy Hays carried it over to the asphalt black top so it would help warm the deer up. Deputy Hays drove back by the area after his training that afternoon and the deer was gone.###Sergeant Travis BinghamPublic Information OfficerSublette County Sheriff's Office35 1/2 S. Tyler Ave, PO Box 701Pinedale, WY 82941tbingham@subso.comOffice 307.367.5236Cell 307-360-7737

Posted by Sublette County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

 

 

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