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Deer dons holiday decorations

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  • Photo by Mary Lou B. Petersen
  • Photo by Mary Lou B. Petersen
    

PARKER - Neighbors in "The Pinery" are concerned about a deer that got into some holiday decorations.

The woman who sent us the pictures said the buck has been walking around with red and green decor on his antlers for the past week.

9News contacted Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said it's often best to make sure the animal can breathe and eat then let the antlers come off on their own. That should happen in the next few weeks.

Churchill said an officer was able to remove some of the material.

Buck deer rub their antlers against just about anything during the mating season, so it's not uncommon to see animals with lights or other decorations wrapped in their antlers.

There are some things homeowners can do to help protect the wildlife.

Recommendations from Colorado Parks and Wildlife:

- Avoid draping lights over shrubs and bushes under five-feet high.

- Trees with trunk diameters of two to six inches are most likely

to be rubbed by bucks and bulls, so only string lights on larger diameter trees.

- Use multiple short strands of wire plugged together versus one long strand so that if animals become entangled they will have less cord to deal with

- Avoid stringing lights "clothesline" style across open areas.

- Firmly attach lights to tree limbs, gutters, or fence posts.

Deer and elk can also benefit from the following:

- Take down volleyball nets, hammocks or other items.

- Store water hoses, tomato cages and other garden materials (netting, stakes, ties, etc.) until spring.

- Put colorful flagging on empty clotheslines.

 

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