Group retrieves deer from ice on Kash
By Chad Ingram
Published Dec. 13, 2018
Two deer are alive after they were retrieved from the icy surface of Lake Kashagawigamog, where they were stranded on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 8.
seen on Facebook there were a couple of deer out on Kash,” Chris Coumbs
told the Times. “Once I heard, I went down and had a look.”
Coumbs said he could see the two deer – a doe and her baby – out on the ice, some 300 yards off the lake’s west shore. A crew that included his brother Ken, son Kevin Bunn, cousin Terry Sicard, as well as Larry Little and his son Isaac, and a few others, set about the process of bringing the animals back to shore.
told the paper he was able to borrow a 10-foot, flat-bottomed boat, and
headed off to the hardware store to purchase 400 feet of rope to add to
the hundreds of feet he already had. Those ropes were tied together to
create a tether that was affixed to the boat, some of the men standing
on shore holding the ropes while a group of three headed out across the
ice. Two, 20-foot lengths of rope were attached to the back of the boat
for the looping of the deer.
The animals were stranded on a section of glare ice, where they were unable to stand up.
“They were trying to get up, but they didn’t have the strength or the traction to get up,” Coumbs said. “They would have froze to death, or starved to death.”
Coumbs was cautioned not to go out on the ice, but told the Times for him that was not an option.
“I wouldn’t have slept that night,” he said. “It was totally impossible to leave them there.”
When the men reached the deer, they put ropes around them.
“We looped the doe, and the little one, we looped them both,” Coumbs said. The men then skidded the deer across the ice using the boat, carrying them up to the road when they reached the shore. The entire process took about an hour.
The fawn, who Coumbs said was quite frightened and exhausted, was placed under a tree, while its mother trotted into the woods nearby. Coumbs said he was overcome with an immense sense of satisfaction as he watched the creatures return to the forest.