Huron County deputy carries scared deer to safety - WNEM TV 5

Huron County deputy carries scared deer to safety

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HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

On the eve of firearm deer hunting season, TV5 has a strange tale of a deer rescue in Huron County.

WNEM TV5 has learned Deputy Ryan Swartz responded to a car versus deer accident on Friday, Nov. 11 on Hellems Road in Dwight Township.

No one was injured other than a doe deer, which remained standing dazed in the middle of the roadway for almost 25 minutes. 

The scene was captured on the patrol car's camera. 

When Swartz first arrived, we're told he thought it was a decoy, but quickly learned it was indeed a live deer.

"I figured as I walked up to it, it would just run off the road, and it just stood still. It wasn't moving at all. So I went up and I pet it and I was thinking that would get the deer off the road," said Swartz.

But the deer didn't budge. So the deputy had to make a decision on how to get the deer off the roadway before another accident occurred. 

Sheriff Kelly Hanson says what the deputy did is not recommended, but it worked.

As you can see on the video, Swartz picks up the deer and moves it to the side of the road. 

"That's where it stood for about 10 minutes. I went up and I pet the deer behind its ears and it got its wits back together and it took off running," said Swartz.

Swartz said he watched the deer in the woods for a while and it appeared healthy even though it was hit by a Buick.

Swartz says it was one of the most bizarre incidents he's ever responded to.

"Well, that's one of the reasons I love my job so much. Every day is different. You never know from one day to the next what you're going to get."

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