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Firefighters forced to euthanize deer after rescuing it from icy Peterborough-area lake

Deer rescued on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont.
North Kawartha firefighters rescued a deer stranded in ice on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont. Lake-area resident Bob Teefy captured the rescue on video.

North Kawartha firefighters rescued a deer which was stranded in ice on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont., on Thursday.

Bob Teefy, who lives on Julian Lake, captured the rescue on video. He tells CHEX News that around 1 p.m. he noticed the deer about 30 metres offshore near Butler Drive, about 40 kilometres north of Peterborough.

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A deer was stuck in the ice on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont., north of Peterborough. (Bob Teefy photo)
A deer was stuck in the ice on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont., north of Peterborough. (Bob Teefy photo)

Teefy also noticed what he believes was a wolf or coywolf also on the ice.

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“It probably chased the deer onto the ice,” Teefy said.

He and other residents called the North Kawartha Fire and Rescue Services. Firefighters arrived within minutes and deployed an inflatable raft and two of them — siblings Ryan and Katie Donohoe — walked out onto the ice and then launched the raft.

Teefy estimates it took the duo about 45 minutes to pull the deer out of the icy water, several times using a paddle to break up the ice.

“It was an outstanding consideration by a well-prepared group of professional volunteers,” said Teefy.

 

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A deer was stuck in the ice on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont., north of Peterborough
A deer was stuck in the ice on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont., north of Peterborough
North Kawartha Township firefighters Ryan and Katie Donohoe head onto Julian Lake.
North Kawartha Township firefighters Ryan and Katie Donohoe head onto Julian Lake.
A wolf spotted on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont.
A wolf spotted on Julian Lake in Woodview, Ont. Global News Peterborough file
Firefighters took about 45 minutes to get the deer onto the raft.
Firefighters took about 45 minutes to get the deer onto the raft. Bob Teefy/Special to CHEX News

However, Teefy says after firefighters reached the shore, they discovered the deer had a severely injured rear leg.

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They contacted a vet in the nearby village of Apsley who was unable to attend the scene. Teefy says the vet suggested the deer be euthanized.

“They did so and buried the deer in a field,” said Teefy.

Teefy added that he last saw the wolf swimming in a small section of open water on the lake.

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“It was a pretty wild afternoon,” he said.