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In unusual call, sheriff’s office helps rescue deer trapped in basement

No one knows how the deer got into the basement of a home under construction in rural Douglas County, but everyone agreed it needed out — and it was going to need help.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called in to help with the unusual situation Saturday, and shared the incident on its Facebook page this morning, along with a few photos.

“On Saturday, we were dispatched to help a deer who was stuck in a precarious situation,” the post said. “Somehow, the deer had gotten into the basement of a house under construction. Because all that had been constructed were the walls of the basement, the deer was unable to get out on its own.”

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Griffith, left, helps corral and lasso a deer trapped in the basement of a house under construction, Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Griffith, left, helps corral and lasso a deer trapped in the basement of a house under construction, Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Griffith and two county residents were able to corral and lasso the deer, the sheriff’s office said. They tied its legs just long enough for it to be lifted out of the basement and turned over to a wildlife officer.

“The deer was then released without injury, but hopefully a little wiser about houses under construction,” the sheriff's office said in its post.

Sgt. Kristen Channel said the deer rescue happened in the 100 block of East 650 Road. I asked what's the best thing for people to do if they have a wildlife problem like an injured or trapped animal, and she said the sheriff's office recommends not handling it yourself — but not necessarily calling law enforcement for every situation, either.

"Because they are wild animals, they can can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous," Channel said. "We don't want to see any person or animal get hurt. We recommend citizens contact either a professional animal control service or contact dispatch for a Wildlife and Parks officer or other law enforcement officer depending on the situation."


— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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Drivers, be aware of deer: Mating season means more animals in roadways

I’ve seen quite a few deer on my drive into work lately on the Kansas Turnpike — one on the back of a trailer, a couple in the median about a car-length from each other, and one right in the middle of my lane (well, part of one).

Luckily I wasn’t the driver who turned any of those deer into roadkill, but unfortunately someone else out there did. It’s that time of year, authorities say, when deer are most likely to be out on the road.

Kansas typically sees the highest number of deer-vehicle crashes in mid-November, when the “rut” — or mating season — peaks, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Also in the fall, deer are increasingly active seeking new food sources and shelter, as their habitat transforms with crops being harvested and leaves falling from trees and shrubs.

A deer crosses a road north of Lawrence during the morning of Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

A deer crosses a road north of Lawrence during the morning of Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. by Richard Gwin

Some numbers:

• The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been handling on average four or five deer-related crashes a day in the past couple weeks, the office said in a Facebook post this week.

• 10,235, or 16 percent, of all 62,150 vehicle crashes reported in Kansas in 2016 were deer-related, according to Kansas Department of Transportation figures shared by the highway patrol. In those crashes, seven people were killed.

• Douglas County had 262 deer-related crashes in 2016, in which 14 people were injured, according to the highway patrol.

And some safety tips for drivers, from the Turnpike and other authorities:

• Be especially cautious from sunset to midnight and shortly before and after sunrise. This is when deer are most active.

• If you see one deer, watch for others. They seldom run alone.

• At night, use high beams when there’s no oncoming traffic.

• To frighten deer away, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast.

• Avoid exaggerated maneuvers to avoid a deer in the road. “If you are unfortunate enough to have a deer enter the highway in front of your car, it is best to hit the animal and not swerve to avoid it,” highway patrol Lt. Adam Winters said, in the news release. “Often we find more serious crashes occur when you swerve to miss the deer, potentially losing control of your vehicle, leaving the road or veering into oncoming traffic.”

• If you do hit a deer, pull over on the shoulder or nearby parking lot, turn on your flashers and call law enforcement, the sheriff’s office suggests. Stay buckled up, but if you must wait outside your car stand as far away from the road as possible. Leave the deer alone, law enforcement will handle it.

A deer alert factsheet from the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

A deer alert factsheet from the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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