(NEXSTAR) – It aims to please.
A Pennsylvania game warden recently came to the rescue of a deer that got stuck in Berks County by literally pulling it out of a piece of netting.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission shared the incredible story on Facebook earlier this week. State Game Warden Ryan Zawada responded to the scene after a local resident called to report that the young male’s antlers had become entangled in a net at the site of an old vineyard. But Zawada soon realized that tranquilizing the panicked deer could have adverse effects.
“Given the deer’s distressed condition upon arrival, SGW Zawada was concerned that chemical immobilization was not a safe option for removing the deer from the net,” the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) said. Explain.
Instead, Zawada decided his “best option” was to pick up his shotgun and blast the deer’s antlers, allowing him to escape.
“After the shot, a lighter wood, the buck came out unscathed,” the PGC said.
On Facebook, the department shared photos showing the exact moment Zawada fired his shot. They also posted an image of the buck’s loose antlers, still tangled in the net after the deer escaped.
“Thumbs up and amazing work to whoever photographed this sequence of events,” one Facebook user wrote. “You can feel the intensity through the photos.”
” He always has [been an] exceptional shot,” said another netizen who claimed to know Zawada. “But it shows how much he cares about the welfare of the game. Great job Ryan.
As amazing as Zawada’s actions are, it wouldn’t be the first time a game warden has been forced to release animals using unconventional means. In January 2021, for example, a game warden in Kansas was able to separate two deer that ended up locked together by pull part of a deer antler with a handgun.