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Officers Use Taser to Free Tangled Deer

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 17, 2007 in Environment
Officers come up with a stunning plan.
When officers arrived at a rural home near Canby, Oregon, they found a deer whose antlers were tangled in a rope swing. The two officers thought they had no good choices to make. Because the deer was thrashing around wildly and weighed several hundred pounds, they weren't about to try to free the animal themselves. Shooting the animal in the head seemed like the only alternative available to them.
"They thought they were going to have to kill it out of compassion," Lt. Jim Strovink of the Clackamas County sheriff's office said Wednesday. "It was going to die a slow, agonizing death."
Then Deputy Jeff Miller thought of the stun gun, commonly called a Taser, after its maker, used to immobilize out-of-control prisoners or suspects.
Zap!
The deer stopped moving. The officers, one a sheriff's deputy, the other a state trooper, untangled the rope, which was dangling from a tree limb, and freed the buck.
Not long after, the deer "took off happy as a clam," Strovink said. "That was pretty good thinking."
At least the deer didn't bite the bullet and all's well that end's well.
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