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Deer Freed From Metal Trash Can Lid After Getting Its Head Stuck

The Idaho Government said in a statement: “Trash can lids make awkward necklaces for deer.

This hungry deer had to be rescued by wildlife rangers after it got its head trapped in a trash can lid.

The deer was first spotted by passersby in the north-western U.S. state of Idaho with the metal trash can lid stuck around its neck.

After waiting to see if the trapped doe could free herself, rangers sedated her with a dart gun so they could cut away the lid. They eventually managed to free the trapped animal.

The Idaho Government said in a statement: “Trash can lids make awkward necklaces for deer.

“Late last week, Fish and Game’s McCall office received a flurry of calls about a mule deer doe with a trash can lid stuck on her neck.”

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are a species of deer that are indigenous to western North America. They hold their name from their ears, which are said to be large like those of a mule.

They added: “Sure enough, when staff went to check things out, she was wearing a large, metal lid.

“The lid did not appear to be on tightly, and was not affecting her ability to move or eat, so staff waited overnight to give her a chance to pull the lid off on her own.

“Unfortunately, she was unable to do so, and the calls started again the next morning.”

A mule deer moves through Santa Ynez Canyon in Topanga State Park on May 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

They went on: “Staff headed out to the scene, near the frisbee golf course in the middle of town. With some assistance from a couple of local residents, Fish and Game staff were able to use a dart gun to sedate the deer.

“The trash can lid came off easily, and the deer woke up looking no worse for the wear.”

Officials say they’re often called on to help remove bizarre objects from curious and hungry deer.

They said: “With a large town deer herd, Fish and Game staff regularly get calls about deer tangled in various ‘town things’.

A mule deer wanders the South Cuyama Oil Field, February 16, 2001, near New Cuyama, CA in Santa Barbara County.(Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

“Staff have removed Christmas lights, hammocks, metal plumbing fixtures, rodent traps and even plastic cups from town deer.”

Regional Communications Manager Brian Pearson said: “We know that many Idaho residents who live in close proximity to wildlife value that opportunity, but it comes with some additional responsibilities to keep wildlife wild and out of trouble.

“This serves as a good reminder for the public to occasionally check their yards and remove anything that could entangle or attract wildlife.”

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