ST. CROIX - A deer trapped out on thin ice early Monday morning near the Minas Basin Pulp and Powerâ€™s dam in St. Croix, began garnering quite a bit of attention by onlookers as the hours progressed.
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Onlookers were stopping by Salmon Hole Dam Road on Monday to see a deer that had been trapped on thin ice for several hours.
Over the noon hour, the bleating from another deer could be heard in the distance.
Department of Natural Resources officials stopped by the Salmon Hole Dam Road location several times throughout the day to check in on the situation.
Shortly before 3 p.m., the Department of Natural Resources commented on the situation via Twitter. They wrote: "DNR is on site monitoring. Thin ice too dangerous. Waiting for deer to rest and see if it can make (it) to land."
By mid-afternoon, reports of the deer making it safely to shore started coming in. One commenter on Facebook noted the deer swam to shore and was safe with its mom.
The Journal is still awaiting official word from DNR that the animal is safe, however, several area residents have confirmed the deer is no longer out on the ice.