Crew rescues deer trapped along Blackstone River

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pawtucket Fire Department and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management teamed up Tuesday morning to rescue a deer from the Blackstone River.

The DEM said firefighters noticed the deer had been stuck for about three days on a little patch of land near the Exchange Street Bridge.

Upon the rescue crew’s arrival, the deer ran off and swam across the river but the crew was eventually able to tranquilize the deer and transport it to safety.

“They were worried about whether it was injured or not, just why it was in in the river, then of course drowning, getting washed down the river,” DEM Officer Scott Bergemann explained.

“This is the third deer we’ve tranquilized in three weeks,” he continued. “It’s something we routinely do to help the wildlife, especially when they are in a city setting. They can’t really just get out of the river and just live here.”

The DEM said the deer will be released in a management area in western Rhode Island.

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