Deer survives day trapped on ice near St. Croix power plant dam

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A deer trapped out on thin ice early Monday morning, March 10, near the Minas Basin Pulp and Power’s dam in St. Croix, began garnering quite a bit of attention by onlookers as the hours progressed.

Over the noon hour, the bleating from another deer could be heard in the distance.

Department of Natural Resources officials stopped by the Salmon Hole Dam Road location several times throughout the day to check in on the situation.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the Department of Natural Resources commented on the situation via Twitter. They wrote: "DNR is on site monitoring. Thin ice too dangerous. Waiting for deer to rest and see if it can make (it) to land."

By mid-afternoon, reports of the deer making it safely to shore started coming in. One commenter on Facebook noted the deer swam to shore and was safe with its mom.

The Journal is still awaiting official word from DNR that the animal is safe, however, several area residents have confirmed the deer is no longer out on the ice.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Salmon Hole Dam Road

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  • Ignorance of the law
    March 16, 2014 - 09:18

    Murrt Lea..DNR enforcement officers are peace officers in NS..if they instruct you NOT to go ....because you jeopardize YOUR life or others..you can be charged for obstruction....so you can be stopped.... Deer have been around for a thousand years and encounter this situation constantly....

  • Bruce Nunn
    March 11, 2014 - 10:18

    Happy news! The distressed St. Croix deer caught on thin ice seems to have rested and departed as DNR staff monitoring on-site expected. The ice was too thin to attempt a rescue but we watched, waited, and experience told us young deer can recover their strength after a struggle on ice and then get to shore. DNR thanks all in the community who showed concern -- and restraint from attempting any risky actions to assist the deer. Very glad it seems to have all worked out well.

  • russell burgess
    March 10, 2014 - 14:44

    deer went into water and swam to shore on its own back save and sound with mom.

  • Murry Lee
    March 10, 2014 - 14:38

    Hmm get a rope and a few guys on the other end and lay. Down and work your way out to it and tie the rope on Dnr can not stop you it is your choice not theirs

  • Tim fountain
    March 10, 2014 - 14:18

    Should use a helicopter to push the deer to the edge of the lake. Do a youtube search as have seen it before.

  • chantelle Oulton
    March 10, 2014 - 14:15

    WTH! If that were a child out there would we have the same approach? Get the poor bugger off there before it falls through!

  • betty flynn
    March 10, 2014 - 13:57

    Use the fire truck long ladder to reach the poor little deer.Whats wrong with you guys?????? Or the cement trucks long boom to reach him.

  • nora power
    March 10, 2014 - 13:13

    Why isn't the dept. of natural resources rescuing it?