2 Deer Trapped In Highland Park Reservoir

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Crews tried to rescue two deer that became stuck in the Highland Park Reservoir Monday afternoon.

When contractors arrived to work on the reservoir’s liner around 6 a.m., they quickly noticed they weren’t the first ones there.

Bill St. Peter, of RTD Enterprises, says the deer jumped the fence and became trapped in the reservoir, which had been drained.

Two Pittsburgh Animal Control officers spent a few hours trying to wrangle the young deer and guide them to a man-made stairway used by the workers.

“The guys that put the liners in have had other animals in, but I think this is the first time for deer,” William Terrell with Oakdale Construction, said. “The Animal Control officers asked us to stay back so that we didn’t scare the deer.”

Last May at the lower reservoir in Highland Park, a water rescue made headlines. Boaters lassoed a deer and brought it to safety.

Crews planned to tranquilize the deer to remove them, but when the Pennsylvania Game Commission arrived with their tranquilizers, they discovered they couldn’t use them.

One deer was hurt and an officer said the sedative would kill the animals anyway. Coupled with the challenge of hoisting the deer to the surface, they made the tough decision to put the animals down.

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  • Big Daddy Kahuna

    That really sucks!

  • What Da?

    Another news story we had to know?

    • Change The Channel

      You didn’t have to read it

  • Tasty Creatures

    Hopefully they used the meat to feed some local hungry kids. It’s a shame to waste so much perfectly delicious protein because someone might “be upset”.

    Deer are meat, meat has been good for millions of years… End of speech.

    • Dr. James Winer

      Eat your veggies!! Meat will make your heart explode.

  • classyferret

    They could’ve kept the deer alive if they’d been so inclined.

    • Jackie

      I completely agree. I’m so tired of people putting down animals because its “not worth” mending them.

      • Ryan

        Bang Bang! Time for some deer jerkey.

  • cc

    News is so depressing … =0(

  • James J

    This is so sad, I don’t believe when they said they couldn’t tranquilize them.
    They just didn’t want to go back and get a less mg of a shot.

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