Terrified Young Deer Buck Is Shot With Tranquiliser Dart And Rescued From Abandoned Water Tank

Terrified young deer buck is shot with a tranquilliser dart and rescued from an abandoned concrete water tank.

The incident took place near the city of Hailey, in the US state of Idaho.

Idaho Fish and Game/Newsflash

The footage shows the terrified buck frantically trying to escape from the water tower before Fish and Game officers shoot it with the tranquiliser gun before covering his eyes so it would stay calm and hoisting it out of the water tank using ladders.

They can be seen taking it downhill before releasing it after reversing the effects of the drugs.

Newsflash obtained a statement and images from the Idaho Fish and Game dated Friday, 2nd December and saying: “In mid-November, conservation officers from the Magic Valley Region received a report of a mule deer buck that had become trapped after falling into an abandoned water storage tank outside of Hailey.

“It is unknown how long the deer had been trapped after falling into the deep concrete storage tank. The tank is thought to have been the water storage tank for the old Hawatha Hotel in Hailey that was built in the late 1800s.

A rescuer aims to shoot the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) traped in an abandoned water tank, with atranqalizer dart near Hailey, Idaho, USA, in November, 2022. It was darted and anesthetized to then removed from the tank and released. (Idaho Fish and Game/Newsflash )

“The tank is approximately 12 feet deep, making the effort to free the deer challenging.

“Ultimately, the deer was darted with anesthetizing drugs that allowed Fish and Game staff to securely wrap the deer in a sling and safely hoist it out of the deep tank.

“Before release, the deer received a green ear tag to indicate it had been darted with anesthetizing drugs and for future identification purposes, and it had its vitals checked. After receiving a clean assessment the anesthetizing drugs were reversed.

“In the end, the deer quickly ran away from the Fish and Game team, with no effects of the fall into the tank.” (sic)

Pictures shows a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) buck after it was rescued from abandoned water tank, near Hailey, Idaho, USA, in November, 2022. It was darted and anesthetized to free it. It (Idaho Fish and Game/Newsflash)

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