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Deer with its head stuck in a trash can lid is spotted in Colorado, photos show

A deer was spotted with a trash can lid on its neck in Parker, Colorado.
A deer was spotted with a trash can lid on its neck in Parker, Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A deer was spotted wandering Colorado with a plastic trash can lid stuck around its 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, Jan. 14.

Wildlife officials found the deer in the area and helped it break free from the lid.

“Wildlife officers Katie Doyle and Sean Dodd were able to respond and successfully remove the lid,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said on Twitter. “It had a hole cut into it, probably for recycling or other feed.”

Parks and Wildlife did not say if the deer suffered any injuries.

Deer, bucks and other animals have been spotted with items wrapped around their necks and antlers several times in Colorado.

In October, wildlife officials found a 600-pound elk that had a tire around its neck for two years before it was removed.

Bucks have been spotted tangled in Christmas lights and other hanging items.

Deer can often become so focused on finding a mate during the winter that they become tangled in Christmas lights and other hanging objects, Colorado wildlife officials said.

Bucks will also rub their antlers on trees or posts, wildlife officials said.

“The big bucks have arrived at lower elevations for rutting season,” wildlife officials said in November. “It happens to coincide with the same time people are stringing up holiday lights.”

In some cases, entanglements can become serious for the animal because it could die. It is also extremely stressful for the animal to frantically try freeing itself from whatever it may be wrapped in, wildlife officials said.

“Oftentimes we go through heroic efforts to save the animal, but sometimes we can’t save them,” 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 getting tangled. Additionally, hanging lights should be tightly secured to trees and buildings.

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Maddie Capron is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter focused on the outdoors and wildlife in the western U.S. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.
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