Oh Deer – Firefighters assist in animal rescue


Shortly after 7:30 p.m. this evening, Sault Fire Services was dispatched to a public service call in the canal district.

A picture of the deer stuck on the Whitefish Island of the canal, June 19, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

When crews attended to the area, it appeared a deer had managed to wedge itself under a cave, in the water, on the Whitefish Island side of the Canadian Canal.

Firefighters looked on from the north side of the canal and waited for the deer to free itself and swim, back towards Canada. The waiting game didn’t pan out so they moved on to another idea.

With the help of the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society officer, a plan was made for firefighters and the officer to cross the lock system and walk back on the other side, hoping their presence would have the deer considering a short swim.

Upon arrival above the deer and with a little encouragement, the deer left it’s sidewall perch and swam back to the end of Canal Drive. It was seen fleeing the area on hoof, looking for a place to get dry.

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  1. It would have been much better to leave the deer alone. It’s been on Whitefish Island for months now.
    Being on the north side of the canal, it’s only safe escape is to cross the train bridge to the steel plant or the street over the power canal, both into downtown.
    No criticism meant for the firefighters, but the humane society should have known better.

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