Firefighters rescue deer trapped in Cherokee County retention pond

Rescue crews in Cherokee County aren’t quite sure how two deer found their way into a retention pond enclosure, surrounded by high concrete walls. But when they got the call about the trapped animals Sunday, they knew they had to act fast.

“It was obvious that the deer had been there for some time,” Cherokee County Fire said in a statement.

Firefighters found a doe and her yearling trapped in the retention pond near Owens Farm Lane in Hickory Flat around 2:45 p.m.

The pond, several feet deep at points and with tall reeds and grasses, was surrounded by walls that are 16 to 30 feet high, Cherokee Battalion Chief Shannon Gibbs said.

Officials said the deer had become thin and weak after being trapped in the retention pond. (Photo: Cherokee County Fire)

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After descending into the pond, firefighters used animal capture equipment to find and trap the deer. They found the larger deer in about 15 minutes and placed her in a sheet before carrying her over the wall.

“The doe was a bit thin and looked weak from her time in the pond,” Gibbs said.

It took about 30 minutes to trap and catch the younger deer.

The deer were transferred to animal control, the fire department said. Officials hope to eventually release them into a wooded area in Cherokee County.

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