Poland Central School officials got a surprise upon arriving at school. A white-tailed deer had somehow fallen down the escape hatch. It took some good old fashioned ingenuity to set him free.

Department of Environmental Conservation officer Jeff Hull was summoned to the school to meet with assistant facility director Gordon Miller. The buck was about 10 feet below ground level and didn't have the ability to make the leap up  and over the walls.

The officer hatched a plan using plywood and milk crates to build a raised platform the deer could jump onto, then make the leap to freedom. While other school staff members kept the deer in a corner, Hull and Miller built the platform. After several attempts the buck made the double jump and ran off without any apparent injury.


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