Mount Olive police officer rescues deer from pool

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Morris County) – Oh Deer! In less than a week, another deer had to be rescued from a swimming pool in Northwest Jersey and this time it was in Mount Olive Twp.

On Thursday morning, Mount Olive police officers responded to a Flanders residence and rescued a deer that had fallen through a pool cover.

The homeowner had awoken to find the struggling doe entangled in the pool cover and frantically trying to escape. Sgt. Carl Mase was able to free the deer by cutting the pool cover and the officers were then able pull it from the pool, police said.

After a brief rest, the exhausted deer was able to run off into the woods, police said.

On Friday, October 21 at 12:39 p.m., New Jersey State Police Trooper Dwayne Phillips responded to a home in Harmony Township, Warren County where a worker discovered a deer drowning in a swimming pool.

Phillips grabbed the buck by its rack and pulled him from the water to safety. There is always the possibility of serious injury or worse when trying to rescue a drowning victim and even more so when the victim is a wild animal. But this trooper did an outstanding job, state police said.

“We are happy to report that the buck eventually recovered and ran off! He was so exhausted that he hunkered down on the ground for some time before he could regain enough energy to even stand,” state police said.

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By: Jay Edwards
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(Photo Credit: Mount Olive Township Police)