Jim Tolfa was outside early that afternoon working on his garden when six deer ran through his yard.
"Three went in the lake. Three headed to Main Street," said Tolfa, who lives in a home on Lake Weyauwega, next to St. Peter Lutheran Church.
The three deer that ran toward Main Street all died, he said.
"One got killed in front of Wega Drive-In," Tolfa said.
The two other deer ran into the community's park. One ran into the beach house's wall, and another into the ball field's fence. Both died, he said.
With Lake Weyauwega currently drawn down, the three deer that ran into lake found themselves in sediment, not water.
Two of the those three deer were able to get out by themselves, but one of them got stuck and was in the lake overnight, he said.
"It's the craziest thing I've ever seen," Tolfa said.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conversation wardens Jeff Knorr and Ted Dremel were contacted.
Both arrived the next day.
"We couldn't reach the deer," Tolfa said. "Boom Bay Fire & Rescue brought their airboat, so we could get out to the deer. Jeff and Boom Bay helped pull the deer onto the craft. They took it up river to solid ground."
Tolfa said they could tell the deer had one broken leg, and he said the deer ran back into the lake several times but got back it out.
Days after the incident, he was still shaken up about it and continues to watch for the deer.
"These guys really wanted to save it," Tolfa said. "It's amazing. It took hours and hours."
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