ARMSTRONG COUNTY (KDKA) – At least one of the two deer that were trapped on ice on the Allegheny River didn’t make it.

The Parker Fire Chief says one of the deer fell through the ice and drowned, and they aren’t sure if the other deer made it off the ice or if it also drowned.

The deer had been seen pacing back and forth on a huge chunk of ice, looking for a way off just north of Parker.

But the ice was just unstable and too dangerous to try to rescue them.

“There’s no way they can get off there, unless you got a way to helicopter them out there, there’s nothing you can do for them,” said Ryan Kemery who lives nearby and has been watching the deer.

“They’re stranded now, unfortunately,” he added, “it’s a shame.”

In the summer, water levels are low enough for animals to walk across.

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