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Deer caught in holiday lights seen roaming in Marin County

A buck is seen with holiday lights tangled in its antlers in San Anselmo last week. (Jessica Needham/Marin Humane) 

A deer with a string of holiday lights coiled around its antlers was seen roaming in San Anselmo on Wednesday, animal control officials said.

A resident reported the entangled buck in the 100 block of Camino De Herrera around 10 a.m., said the county’s animal control service, Marin Humane.

“We think it’s likely the lights were strung loosely on a bush or between a couple of trees, and the deer just walked into them,” said Humane spokeswoman Lisa Bloch, “and then obviously got even further tangled.”

A responding animal control officer decided not to intervene.

“She was able to verify that he was very mobile and that it wasn’t blocking his mouth,” Bloch said. “It wasn’t really impeding him other than that it was probably very annoying.”

With winter approaching, the buck will likely shed its antlers soon, animal control officials said.

Attempting to wrangle the deer and remove the lights would have put officers at risk of injury, officials said.

Humane cautions against hanging loose decorations.

“This serves as a good reminder that when hanging holiday decorations, it’s important to make sure they’re secure and high enough where they’re less likely to be an issue for wildlife,” the organization said in an announcement.


Source: East Bay Deer caught in holiday lights seen roaming in Marin County

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