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article imageDeer tangle with strings of Christmas lights

By Sandy Sand     Dec 20, 2009 in Lifestyle
It’s one thing for Santa’s reindeer to have festive holiday lights decorating their harnesses, but when wild deer tangle with the decorative light strings it can spell a shockwave of trouble for them.
Over the last three weeks several residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado, have been sighting deer with strings of Christmas lights tangled in their antlers, and have reported the sightings to wildlife authorities.
In one case, residents unsuccessfully tried to chase down a buck with lights entangled in its antlers, wildlife officials said.
Unless the light cords are snarled around the animal’s neck or mouth, officials say they leave the animal alone. They added that it's not unusual for deer to get tangled up in Christmas decorations. No mention was made of this being a problem for other wild animals such as bears.
Residents have been advised to use shorter strings of lights and keep the lights off trees and shrubbery that are low enough to the ground where they can cause problems for the deer.
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