"I think it was a great job," Warden Jeremy Kemp of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said Monday of the rescue.
Firefighters "started just breaking ice out with axes and picks and whatnot" to get the boat upstream, Kemp
Once they started the boat's motor, the vessel's movement continued to break the ice, which was about an inch thick, he
What appeared to be a doe and this year's lamb were near exhaustion after floundering in the water for more than 30 minutes, according to Kemp
Kemp and Warden Glen Annis had just arrived Saturday morning in Dover-Foxcroft between hunting investigations when they recei ed a call from the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department that two deer had fallen through the ice.
"They were pretty well exhausted and beat up," Kemp
said of the deer.
Without a boat nearby, all the wardens could do was watch the deer through their binoculars.
The deer "had both gotten on top of the ice and they'd start running and they'd break through again," Kemp
"It would have taken us quite awhile to get a boat there," Kemp
"It's a lot of stress on the deer," Kemp
"They certainly survived much longer than I think a person could have under those conditions,"
said the hair on deer is hollow so they float a little better than many animals do.
When the deer got on the shore, they both took off, which was a good sign, according to Kemp
"My guess is if they're able to get into a protected place for a couple of days and get some of their strength back and get something to eat, they'll probably be OK," he