Deer Gets Caught In Christmas Decorations

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

You've heard the term "a deer caught in the headlights," well how about “a deer caught in the Christmas lights?”

Saturday, 11 News was there when a buck showed up in a southwest Colorado Springs neighborhood, with a string of Christmas lights hanging from its antlers.

Neighbors are used to seeing deer in the area, but not one with its own decorations stuck on its head.

"I guess it got some lights tangled up in its antlers," said Louis McIntire.

McIntire saw the decorated deer, with a tangle of lights on its antlers strung down to the ground. "Everyday they're around here," said McIntire.

The lights are usually reserved for the trees and fences, not the deer. "A deer with Christmas lights is like, what did Santa lose his reindeer," said Steve Cvanita.

A neighbor chased the buck and tried to get the lights off. "He'd get pretty close, but not close enough," said McIntire. "They jump the fence here once in a while."

Neighbors say, they're looking for food. "They eat everything they can see here," said McIntire.

This isn't the first time a buck has gotten in a bind. In 2006 a deer found himself in a similar situation.

As for this year's decorated deer, he made a pretty swift exit.

The Division of Wildlife said the deer with the lights was spotted about two weeks ago. They said, as long as the lights aren't covering the deer's mouth or tangled on its feet they'll leave him alone.

The D.O.W. also says the deer's antlers should fall off in the winter. So this problem will take care of itself sooner than later.

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  • by Nikki on Dec 20, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    To ME... you obviously cant read! Vecky said she saw the same deer with lights in its antlers in her area! You're and idiot! Stop commenting if you don't have anything good to say! And the story was more for the humor... what an idiot!
  • by ME Location: BABI'S HOUSE on Dec 19, 2009 at 01:52 PM
  • by Hector Location: Vickers on Dec 15, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    I think its funny that miranda is so angry about this. If you had christmas lights on your head but were still able to roam about freely without your mouth and neck covered, heck, i'd leave you alone. DoW i support you!
  • by Miranda on Dec 15, 2009 at 01:17 AM
    The messed up thing about the DoW comment is that they don't take into consideration the fact that those lights can easily get tangled in trees as well, thereby trapping the deer and causing them to die an untimely death due to temperatures, starvation, predators, etc. that wouldn't happen at that time if not for the lights. If you have deer in your area, make sure your lights are far enough in branches and secured well enough so this doesn't happen. We HOPE they don't get tangled in anything else before they lose their antlers, but we can't count on it. How can the department of wildlife be so callous? Horses that get loose with a halter and lead rope get tangled up all the time, as well even a dog or cat with a collar. This is just as bad if not worse. Hooves can even get caught in the mess as well. I've seen it in person with horses and in various videos with deer and other animals.
  • by deerman on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    Rachel and Becky, lets have a "DEER" "BEER" party in ROCKRIMMON ;) LOL
  • by Rachel on Dec 14, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Deerman, think Becky was referring to the buck that has the lights in his antlers. lol :)
  • by Gary on Dec 14, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    "Loose" does NOT = "lose". This is journalism?
  • by deerman on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Is Rudolf? hehe glowing red nose? Becky there are more than one male deer in the Rockrimmon area.
  • by Becky Location: Rockrimmon on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:25 PM
    Interesting. I wouldn't assume there are two, so I can confidently say that we saw the same male deer in Rockrimmon about a month ago! He really gets around!
  • by Wayne on Dec 13, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    I guess the guy who chased the deer has no idea what a deer can do to someone. A pretty risky way to get some free lights.
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