A deer that got stuck in a Main Line fence was freed Friday morning by a Lower Merion animal control officer using a hacksaw to cut through the bars.

The animal became wedged in the vertical bars of a fence surrounding the home of Carrie Gross Pestronk, of Gladwyne.

"My son was the one who spotted it on the way to school," she said.

Pestronk called the Lower Merion police, who contacted animal control, she said in a telephone interview.

"I think [the deer] understood we were trying to help him," said Pestronk, of Gladwyne.

The incident began to unfold about 9 a.m. when Pestronk posted a plea on Facebook.
"There is a deer stuck in my fence who is alive. I called the police and animal rescue but they haven't shown up yet. I am standing outside with the animal. He is struggling. Is there anyone else I can call for help?" Carrie Gross Pestronk, of Gladwyne, said in a Facebook posting about 9 a.m.

Offers of help and support from the Lower Merion Community Network Facebook group flowed in.

Jennifer Sullivan Do you have a crowbar that you could use to widen the gap to allow him to get through?

Katherine Rohan Grosh Just be very careful. The deer may kick like crazy when you approach.

The deer was "really really wedged in there," Pestronk said. She thinks the deer is fairly young. There are a number of deer in her neighborhood, she said.
Ed Boegly, the animal control officer arrived and tried to free the deer with no luck. He left and returned with tools to cut the fence.
The young male deer was likely in search of a mate, said Boegly.
"Right now we are going into the rut," he said, about the mating season. "They are running into fences."
Boegly said receives about six to eight calls a month between September and November to remove deer from private property.
Boegly said it is often young deer who are used to slipping through the rails when they are fawns that become stuck.
"They will try to run through thinking they can get through, then they can't," he said.
It took two tries to cut through the bars before the animal could jump through and run off, Pestronk said.

"He seemed to be exhausted — it took a bit for him to get his feet under him," said Boegly. The deer took off for a nearby wooded area he said.

Most incidents like this do not turn out as well and the animals are injured and often have to be destroyed, he said.

Pestronk did not mind the damage to her fence.

"The life of an animal is more important to me than a fence," she said.