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Wardens Free Buck from Viterbo College Soccer Net

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

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A 200 lbs. buck is now back in the wild in southwestern Wisconsin after becoming tangled in a soccer net at Viterbo College in La Crosse.

According to a release from the DNR, wardens Tyler Strelow and Ed McCann were able to free the animal without injuring themselves. The warden zip tied a knife to the end of a trap stick and held the net taut to cut the animal strand-by-strand from the goal net.

“Trying to hold on while a 200-pound deer is thrashing in a net while your partner is trying to cut the net close to the deer’s head got very exciting,” Strelow said. After some strategic snips by McCann to ensure the deer would run in one direction, the buck was free – sorta.

“He was free, but he ran to the fence and it became clear he must have jumped the fence to get into the field to begin with,” McCann said. “The deer was too tired to jump out.” So the wardens got some people to help open the field fence.

It wasn’t too long before the deer found the opening and dashed off to freedom.


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