Deputy rescues scared baby deer along state road, reunites it with mother

Fawn froze in place; Nye carries it to the woods

Jon Stinchcomb
Port Clinton News Herald
Deputy Marc Nye, of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, found a very young deer sitting along side of State Road, just east of Gill Road, seemingly unable to cross in the direction its mother was heading.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP - A common sight for many regular commuters — spotting a family of deer attempting to cross the road in rural Ohio — took a heartwarming turn when Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy Marc Nye came upon the scene.

Nye was on patrol driving along East State Road in Portage Township last week when he saw a mother white tail deer and her very young offspring, which appeared to be less than a year old, crossing just east of Gill Road shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1.

However, as the doe led the way into the thick woods on the other side, her baby was suddenly struck by fear, dropped to the ground and froze in place on the edge of the road within inches of the lane of traffic.

That was when Nye decided to give the young deer he described as “the cutest thing ever” some help, briefly stopping traffic in the adjacent lane and, instinctually, offering words of encouragement for it to cross and then a slight nudge.

Deputy Marc Nye, of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, helps a very young deer cross State Road, just east of Gill Road.

A helping hand and gentle nudge heads baby dear back to its mother

When the deer still refused to budge, Nye quickly took the matter into his own hands, gently picked up the baby deer, carried it across the road and let it down near the woods where the mother had headed.

The baby eventually got back to its feet and was able to catch up and reunite with its mother.

Nye’s brief but thoughtful interaction with the deer, which was recorded on his body camera, is an example of how the deputy goes about his job everyday, according to Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

It also is an example of what Levorchick said his entire team at the Sheriff’s Office is there to do.

“That is exactly what we’re asking our deputies to do, serve our entire community,” Levorchick said. “We feel that’s very important.”

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Deputy Marc Nye, middle, attends a memorial service for his K9 partner Nero, who died in 2016. 


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