The Big Thompson River is a picturesque place near Estes Park, CO, that is great for fishing, camping, and fauna watching. However, during the winter, this gorgeous river becomes pretty dangerous not only for humans, but for animals as well. This video was taken by a fisherman, who had noticed a drowning deer. The animal fell through the ice, and struggled to get out. The fisherman called the police right away. Watch how fast the 2 officers from the Estes Park police department handled the situation. Please, LIKE and SHARE.
I think everyone asks himself the question “What to do when you find a wild animal in distress?” The code of federal regulations governing wildlife in national parks and forests prohibits “the feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentional disturbing of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities.” Even touching the animal in attempt to save its life is considered a felony. If you do so, you will have to pay a fee, and go to the court. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has an official motto for dealing with sick, injured or orphaned animals: “If you care, leave it there.” Yes, it is hard to observe the circle of life sometimes, but that’s what nature is all about, and we have been interfering enough. Many species rely on sick or injured animals to feed themselves and their young. It’s bad enough that bald eagles die from lead poisoning, caused by eating game birds filled with lead from shotgun shells, or that bison calf from Yellowstone had to be euthanized, because one of the tourists had picked him up, or the grizzly bear that was put down after attacking an ignorant human.
When brought to the vet or to a rehab center, wild animals rarely go back to the life they’ve been living. Different states have varying protocols on whether to attempt rehab for injured animals or to euthanize them immediately.
So, if you find an animal in distress, call the police, or the park rangers. Never attempt to save the animal yourself, or you’ll get in trouble.