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Mule deer rescued from mud pit

Nick Noll, IDFG A mule deer doe got herself stuck in a mud pit in a field near McCammon. She was rescued by Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll and teen Cole Gunter both of McCammon. May 2021.
Nick Noll, IDFG
A mule deer doe got herself stuck in a mud pit in a field near McCammon.
Nick Noll, IDFG Officer Nick Noll works to rescue mule deer doe trapped in a mud pit in a field near McCammon in May 2021.
Nick Noll, IDFG
Officer Nick Noll works to rescue mule deer doe trapped in a mud pit in a field near McCammon in May 2021.
Nick Noll, IDFG A mule deer doe got herself stuck in a mud pit in a field near McCammon. She was rescued by Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll and teen Cole Gunter both of McCammon. May 2021.-
Nick Noll, IDFG
A mule deer doe got herself stuck in a mud pit in a field near McCammon.
Nick Noll, IDFG Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll (right) and Cole Gunter, 15, of McCammon (left) worked together to rescue a mule deer doe from a mud pit over Memorial Day weekend. May 2021.
Nick Noll, IDFG
Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll (right) and Cole Gunter, 15, of McCammon (left) worked together to rescue a mule deer doe from a mud pit over Memorial Day weekend.

MCCAMMON, Idaho (KIFI) - A yearling mule deer doe got more than she bargained for when she tried walking through a “mud puddle” in a field off of Marsh Creek Road just north of McCammon over Memorial Day weekend. She sank up to her belly and was trapped by the gooey mud.

A worried homeowner contacted Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll. With wooden boards, a shovel, some rope and the help of Noll’s 15-year old neighbor Cole Gunter of McCammon, the deer was rescued.

Standing on the boards to prevent sinking, Noll and Gunter secured ropes around the front and hind quarters of the doe.

“Since she was a little gal, I was able to grab the rope in each hand and pull her out of the mud into my lap. Then I carried her onto the bank,” said Noll.

The doe took a moment to recover while her rescuers removed the ropes. Then she jumped up, hopped a fence and bounced up into the sage brush, apparently no worse for the wear.

Gunter was happy to help Idaho Fish and Game with the rescue effort.

“I want to ensure a better deer population in Bannock County, so every deer counts,” he said.

“It was definitely a feel good day as a game warden,” Noll said. “I started this gig to help wildlife, and I think we literally saved a deer’s life.”

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