“Buck Stops Here,” But Only Briefly

We obtained a “body cam” segment from Idaho Fish and Game’s John McLain, a conservation officer in Idaho County. It didn’t take an official public records request for this law enforcement video. It had a happy ending after McLain encountered a deer entangled in baling twine in August.

Upon seeing McLain, the buck panicked, but the twine had wrapped around its front leg and prevented it from fleeing. The buck quickly exhausted itself, and that’s when McLain went to work carefully cutting the twine from its leg and antlers.

It wasn’t the first time McLain dealt with entangled deer during his nine years as a Fish and Game conservation officer. Another time, he untangled a deer from a soccer net, and in a sports-related coincidence, another deer wandered into a batting cage in Orofino. When McLain tried to help it get out, “I kind of went for a ride,” he said.


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  1. Grumpy ole Guy
    Nov 16, 2015, 9:04 pm

    Thanks for a good news and feel good post, they seem too few and far between most days.

  2. Its good to see fish cops don’t always go to the gun. Hope that comment suited deputy sal

  3. What you don’t get is that body cam footage is only one part of the story. And those of us not in LE have no way of interpreting it. It is out of context and we have no way of knowing what happened before or after the footage was shot.

  4. erico.. you may have no way of interpreting it… but the rest of us sure do….

  5. Bill Goodnight
    Nov 19, 2015, 3:41 pm

    Maybe we should chip in and buy John a sharp knife.

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