Authorities in Victoria, British Columbia saved two bucks who got caught in a fishing net that had also snared a piece of driftwood.
The rescue, caught on video, happened in a residential neighborhood of Victoria.
Police received a call from the Fairfield neighborhood at about 10 a.m., according to CTV News Vancouver Island.
They arrived on the scene to find the two black-tailed bucks had caught their antlers in the fishing net. The bucks were dragging a “wheelbarrow-sized” piece of driftwood along with them, CTV News reported.
The conservation officers cut the net free, then safely removed the net from the animals without injuring them.
Authorities then transported the deer in a police van and a conservation service truck. They brought them to a remote area and safely released them, according to CTV News.
A sizeable crowd had assembled to watch the officers try to help the bucks. However, no one suffered harm in the encounter.
The Canadian province plays host to three different kinds of deer: black-tailed deer, white-tailed deer and mule deer. Human-deer conflicts have been on the upswing, according to local conservationists, with deer attacks and motor vehicle collisions increasing lately.
Deer are the species most frequently reported to conservation officers in the province, after black bears. They have reportedly wreaked havoc with residents’ gardens and farmers’ crops.
Hunters covet black-tailed deer because the deer often take cover and only come out when it’s raining or nighttime. Young black-tailed deer bucks will typically hang out with other bucks in small groups or pairs, as was the case with the Victoria duo. The bucks spar frequently to establish status.
The bucks lose their antlers by around January, but they grow them back during the summertime.