Yesterday, at approximately 1245pm, Sublette County Dispatch received a call of a deer who had fallen through the ice into a pond near Daniel. Once on scene Deputies found the ice to be too thin to reach the stranded animal directly in a safe manner. Deputy Hays and Deputy Peterson then worked together and lassoed the deer and were able to bring the animal back into shore safely.
The Deer was then taken to the landowner’s blacktop driveway to warm up. A few hours later Deputy Hays stopped to check if the deer was able to warm up and leave the area and found the deer to have moved out of the area on its own.
*** UPDATE 12-11-19 at 2pm ***
On December 10th, 2019, Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Hays was travelling to Pinedale for training. As he was passing through the town of Daniel, he observed a deer struggling to free itself from a pond that had partially iced over. He radioed to dispatch that he was on scene and was soon joined by Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Peterson who was on duty at the time and Deputy Peterson activated his body worn camera.
Deputy Hays, along with a select few other deputies carry ranch ropes, team ropes or lariats in their patrol vehicles which they use to help get livestock off the roadways. Deputy Hays had two ropes with him at the time. He tied one end of the rope off to a tree so he could test the stability of the ice to ensure it would support his weight as well as Deputy Peterson. The deer attempted to swim away from Deputy Hays as he approached it so Deputy Peterson gathered the first rope and went to the opposite end of the open water. Deputy Hays lassoed the deer and was able to drag it up on to the ice. Deputy Hays stated he wanted to have a large enough loop for the deer to get a leg through so the rope wouldn’t be around the deer’s neck.
The deer was exhausted and cold so Deputy Hays carried it over to the asphalt black top so it would help warm the deer up. Deputy Hays drove back by the area after his training that afternoon and the deer was gone.
Sergeant Travis Bingham
Public Information Officer
Sublette County Sheriff's Office
35 1/2 S. Tyler Ave, PO Box 701
Pinedale, WY 82941