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Don't touch decorated deer in Okotoks: Fish and Wildlife

Reports of a deer with Christmas lights tangled in its antlers was reported to the provincial agency earlier this month
Reports of a deer with Christmas lights tangled on its antler were reported to Fish and Wildlife as of Nov. 3 in the Tucker Hill subdivision.

While residents of Okotoks are decking the halls, a resident deer has gotten itself in a bit of a predicament. 

Fish and Wildlife officers have been made aware of a deer with wire around its head in the Tucker Hill area. Reports were first made on Nov. 3, said communications advisor Ina Lucila. 

"Our officers have observed that the deer is able to move freely and continues to forage and find food," she said on behalf of Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. 

"At this time of year, Christmas lights wrapped around trees can also get stuck in deer's antlers," Lucila said. "We encourage any lights be placed high up and out of reach." 

The provincial agency said to prevent situations like this, residents should be aware things on their property can affect wildlife. 

As for the decorated deer, officers would have to restrain the deer or potentially use tranquilizers to remove the wire, "which would cause unnecessary physical and mental stress." 

Lucila said officers will continue to monitor the situation and take extra steps if necessary for public safety or the deer's well-being. 

"Members of the public are encouraged not to approach the deer as this may cause it stress and it may react defensively to protect itself," Lucila said. 

If wildlife is observed in distress, the public is urged to contact the 24-hour Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.