SMITHVILLE — Smithville firefighters rushed to Smithville Lake at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, after coyote hunters called about drowning deer that fell through the ice.

“There were four total,” Smithville Area Fire Protection District Chief Dave Cline said. “We got them out and loaded them into a pick-up truck.”

One deer died after being brought to shore, but the other three were relocated by the Missouri Department of Conservation to a “sunny spot up and away,” Cline said.

As soon as the deer warmed up, Cline added, the three were up and frolicking, seemingly healthy.

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