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Deer rescued with head stuck in bird feeder

By Jean Lotus
A mule deer in Pine, Colo., was rescued after being spotted with its head stuck in a plastic bird feeder. Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife
A mule deer in Pine, Colo., was rescued after being spotted with its head stuck in a plastic bird feeder. Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A mule deer in Pine, Colo., was rescued by park rangers after getting its head jammed into a 10-pound plastic bird feeder.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Joe Nicholson pried the plastic tub off of the deer's neck after temporarily subduing it onto the ground on Saturday.

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Wildlife, especially deer, elk, and moose, are often foraging for food in winter months.

"Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges everyone to take down volleyball nets, hammocks, hanging lights and other items that deer -- especially the bucks -- can get tangled in," the agency said.

"Every year, CPW gets reports of deer and elk that have died after becoming stuck in fences or in items that prevent them from eating."

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