Earlier this winter I was forwarded an image of a big whitetail buck stuck on an iceberg, presumably on the Yellowstone River in Montana. You’d think an event like this would be rare at best. Think again. It seems as if the mule deer in South Dakota were jealous of the whitetail’s notoriety and jumped on the first iceberg they could find. This image comes to me from a reliable source and was taken approximately March 20. The deer are floating down Rabbit Creek in northwest South Dakota with no schedule on their next docking port.
Deer routinely cross ice and water, but you’d think the common sense of survival would lead them away from the dangers of cracking or unstable ice. Let’s hope these deer were able to jump ship onto dry ground because swollen creeks caused by the spring thaw are dangerous at best. Just ask the folks in Fargo, North Dakota, right now.