PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – Neighbors called the Prior Lake Fire Department around 10 a.m. Monday after seeing a deer struggling on the thin ice of Pike Lake.

Firefighters, dressed in their ice gear, attached ropes to themselves and crawled onto the ice to rescue the deer.

They were able to push the buck along the thin ice to the shoreline. The deer, tired from the ordeal, rested along the shore.

The deer firearms season just wrapped up Sunday in Minnesota. The buck made it through that. Now it seems it will survive the thin ice as well.

While temperatures in Minnesota were mostly in the teens Monday, with a blisteringly cold wind chill in the single digits, it’s been a much warmer than normal November so far and any ice that is seen on lakes or ponds is far too thin for anyone – man or beast – to be on at this point.