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Game warden's unorthodox approach helps free trapped deer in Berks County

Tranquilizing the deer, which had an antler caught in a net and was in an extreme state of distress, was too dangerous, so the warden shot the animal free.
Credit: PA Game Commission
State Game Warden Ryan Zawada frees a trapped deer in Berks County.

BERKS COUNTY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania game warden recently used a non-traditional method to help a buck trapped in a net by its antler.

The incident occurred Monday in Berks County, the Game Commission said.

Game warden Ryan Zawada responded to a call from a concerned citizen, who reported the buck had its antler stuck in a net and was in a state of extreme distress.

When Zawada arrived, the Game Commission said in a Facebook post, he quickly surmised that the deer's state of distress was so high that the use of a chemical tranquilizer was not a safe option to get it out of the net.

He decided the best option was to shoot the trapped antler off.

Zawada took steady aim and fired – and was successful on one attempt.

The deer, now an antler lighter, ran off unharmed, the Game Commission said.

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Posted by Pennsylvania Game Commission on Monday, March 21, 2022

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