On December 29, 2015, at 7:00 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 14000 block of E Eagle Drive in Dewey at the request of Arizona Game and Fish officers, regarding a buck trapped in an electric fence. Game and Fish officers had been originally contacted by the property owner but were unable to immediately respond.
Upon arrival, the deputy found a very agitated buck whose antlers and head were tangled in the fence. A portion of the wire fence was wrapped around the buck’s neck and mouth that could have caused further serious injury or death if not cut soon.
The buck’s behavior at the time made it dangerous for the deputy to approach alone. A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office supervisor arrived to assist and it was decided that both deputies and the homeowner may be able to restrain the animal and cut it loose from the fence. Working together as team, the buck was restrained long enough to cut the wire wrapped around its neck and mouth.
The buck then was released and returned to nearby open land. Although a small portion of the fence section was still attached, it is expected to fall off when the buck sheds its antlers.