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Deer stuck on ice in Golden rescued by officials, volunteers

An elk struggles after getting stuck in the ice in a Golden pond on Jan. 10, 2013.

An elk struggles after getting stuck in the ice in a Golden pond on Jan. 10, 2013.

GOLDEN, Colo. — An mule deer that wandered out on the ice in Golden and became stuck was rescued with the help of some brave Park & Wildlife officials and volunteers from Coors Brewery on Thursday.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., Jefferson County police confirmed they had received several calls about a deer stuck on an iced-over body of water near 32nd and McIntyre, which is just east of the Coors Brewery.

Officials at Parks & Wildlife responded soon after 9 a.m. Shortly after that, they were warning onlookers hoping to help that this case is a difficult one, and that their department was not willing to put an officer’s life at risk to save the animal.

“Unfortunately, this case will probably not have a good outcome,” Parks & Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said earlier in the day. “If this elk has been struggling for awhile, it may be near exhaustion.”

Later in the day, just after noon, Park & Wildlife officials were able to coax the animal off the ice with the help of some volunteers.