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Firefighters use spreaders to rescue young deer caught in gate

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BATON ROUGE - Firefighters don't just save human lives—on Monday night, crews with the St. George Fire Department used spreaders to save the life of a young deer that had gotten into a problem. 

The deer was caught in an iron fence on Hoo Shoo Too Road Monday night just before 8 p.m.. It was wedged between two of the fence bars and unable to escape. 

The fire department took to social media to post the moment the doe was freed. Comments on the post were calling the firefighters heroes. 

"I don't consider us heroes. As firefighters and EMS, it's a choice that we make to do this job as a career," St. George firefighter Abraham Dawson said.

"Half the team quickly retrieved the necessary tools while the other half attempted to calm the animal," a post from the SGFD read. 

The team used spreaders to push the bars apart enough for the deer to escape unharmed. 

During mating season, which runs from October to January, deer are more sociable and pop up in un-suspected places like highways and roads.

"Deer do come into contact and the most common way they come into contact with folks is through vehicle accidents," Johnathan Bordelon with Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries said.

Last year, there were nearly 14,000 insurance claims related to accidents involving deer in the state.

Monday night, four other deer were nearby but not injured. Dawson says they watched at the doe was freed.

"Right by the tree line was probably a family of five deer waiting for the doe. As soon as we got it out, she ran straight to them," Dawson said.

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