Md. Natural Resources Police Save Two Deer Stuck in Anne Arundel Co. Mud Pit

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Two members of the Maryland Natural Resources Police force helped a pair of deer miraculously escape from a bog this past weekend in a bayside Anne Arundel County town.

The ordeal happened Saturday morning in Deale, Md., about 20 miles south of Annapolis. Maryland NRP spokeswoman Candy Thomson said dispatchers got a call at around 11 a.m. from a landscaping contractor who saw the animals nearly submerged and struggling in a nearby mud pit.

Evidently, the animals had been trying to cross, but became “completely sucked in by the mud. The more they struggled the deeper they got,” Thomson said.

Two officers promptly came to their rescue. They got creative, using planks to free up mud around each animal, and then tying them to ropes attached to an ATV to lift them out. Once freed, the deer scampered off into the woods.

The whole process took about two and a half hours, Thomson said, adding that by the end, the men were “probably just as muddy as the deer were.”

The pit in Deale hasn’t been a regular problem area in the past, but “it’s an area that’s swampy anyway, and with all the recent rains it became just a quagmire,” she said.

It was a feel-good moment for the wildlife officers. Oftentimes when they respond to an area where an animal is in distress, such as after being hit by a car, they have to put it down.

“To get called to the scene and be able to have a happy outcome, it’s a really good feeling for them,” Thomson said.

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