A deer was spotted roaming Colorado with a stuck plastic trash can lid around his neck, photos show.
Neighbors in Parker, a town about 25 miles southeast of Denver, recently reported seeing the deer with its head stuck in a piece of plastic, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said Friday. January 14.
Wildlife officials found the deer in the area and helped free it from the cover.
“Wildlife Officers Katie Doyle and Sean Dodd were able to respond and successfully remove the cover,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said on Twitter. “There was a hole in it, probably for recycling or other food.”
Parks and Wildlife did not say if the deer suffered any injuries.
Deer, bucks and other animals have been repeatedly spotted with items wrapped around their necks and antlers in Colorado.
In October, wildlife officials found a 600 pound elk that had a tire around his neck for two years before being removed.
The dollars have been spotted tangled in christmas lights and other hanging objects.
Deer can often become so focused on finding a mate during the winter that they get tangled in Christmas lights and other hanging objects, Colorado wildlife officials said.
Males will also rub their antlers on trees or poles, wildlife officials said.
“The big bucks have arrived at lower elevations for rutting season,” wildlife officials said in November. “It coincides with when people hang Christmas lights.”
In some cases, tangles can become serious for the animal because he could die. It is also extremely stressful for the animal to frantically try to free itself from anything it may be wrapped in, wildlife officials said.
“Often we go to heroic efforts to save the animal, but sometimes we can’t save it,” wildlife officer Casey Westbrook said in a Nov. 4 news release.
Wildlife officials said hanging outdoor Christmas lights and decorations above 6 feet can help reduce the likelihood of animals becoming entangled. In addition, pendant lights must be securely attached to trees and buildings.