Helicopter net gun catches deer near Cathlamet
Helicopters are being used to to move Columbian white-tailed deer from the Julia Butler-Hansen Refuge, which is in danger of being flooded.
The Associated Press
CATHLAMET, Wahkiakum County — A helicopter crew with a net gun caught a dozen deer Tuesday at a refuge near Cathlamet where managers fear they’ll be flooded by the Columbia River.
The Daily News of Longview reported the nets expanded in midair like a Spider-Man web and dropped on each deer.
Biologists resorted to the net gun because the deer were too wary to be driven into nets.
Federal Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Doug Zimmer said no deer were killed during the capture.
It’s the latest development in moving about 50 endangered Columbian white-tailed deer from the Julia Butler-Hansen Refuge, where a dike threatens to give way. About 30 have been moved to a refuge near Ridgefield, Clark County.