A young doe was saved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) after getting stuck between the rungs of an automatic metal gate at a property near Durango, according to The Denver Gazette.

Exhausted by her struggle to squeeze through the six-inch gap between the gate’s bars, CPW assistant wildlife manager Steve McClung was able to push the doe through.

While the doe did sustain a few wounds, she was able to walk away without requiring rehabilitation.

“Unfortunately, fencing (and gates) too often are the cause of death for deer like this. We see it too often both in town and in rural areas, from wildlife getting stuck to impaled,” CPW wrote on their Facebook post.

To help protect wildlife, CPW has developed an online resource guide entitled Fencing with Wildlife in Mind.

Thank you Colorado Parks and Wildlife for your efforts in saving this doe from what could have been a tragic situation.

For another wildlife rescue success story, read about a deer being rescued from an icy lake.