Conservation officers save deer from frozen B.C. lake (PHOTOS)

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Last week, provincial conservation officers went to great lengths to rescue a white-tailed deer that fell through the ice of a frozen lake near Kelowna.

It is believed the young buck ran onto the ice on Duck Lake while it was fleeing from predators such as coyotes or wolves on Thursday night. The ice on the lake was about two inches thick and the deer reached a distance of about 250-metres from the shore before getting its hind legs stuck.

On Friday, two conservation officers used a flat bottom boat to traverse the ice, pushing the boat as they slowly made their way to the stuck animal. The animal was brought onto the boat after it was sedated using a tranquilizer dart.

Without rescue, the buck would have likely died from hypothermia or predators during Friday’s nightfall. The deer did not incur any injuries and has since been released.

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