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[–] shitpostfacto1 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Deer retreat to water to escape predators. They have hollow hair which gives them great floatation, and they are surpisingly fast swimmers. Outlying islands in Southeast Alaska stay restocked with deer that way. Probably every island of any size will have deer, but there are big ones that don't have wolves. Wolves are abundant in southern and mainland Southeast. They can swim too, but they don't appear to be able to catch a swimming deer. I have seen a wolf standing on the beach looking longingly after a deer that had escaped it by getting to the water and swimming away. On the other hand, a friend of mine witnessed a wolf catching and killing a deer at low tide on a mud flat near the water's edge. Once the deer got to the mud and started postholing through it on it's stick legs, it was all over. Even though deer will happily take to water, they seem to think the better of it when they are offered a ride while while swimming. I have heard many accounts of boaters picking up swimming deer. In every case, the deer were happy to come aboard, calm and tame, and seemed genuinely appreciative to have the assistance.