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Rescuers are trying to save a deer with a plastic pumpkin stuck to its head


Like most Americans who live anywhere near the woods, Doug Davis was used to seeing deer running around his Columbus, Ohio neighborhood.

But he wasn't prepared to see a deer with a pumpkin head.

"I found that not only is it a plastic pumpkin but the black strap that the kids would hold the trick or treat pumpkin with is wrapped around its ear or its head," he told our affiliate WSYX News.

The Ohio Wildlife Center's Suburban Commercial and Residential Animal Management(SCRAM) crew is working to track down the deer.

According to the center's Facebook page, employees and volunteers are "actively engaged in attempting to remove this plastic pumpkin."

"These pumpkins appear to fit deer heads a little too perfectly," said Casey Philips, hospital director for the wildlife center.

Philips says that because it's hunting season they can't use a tranquilizer to subdue the young buck. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources tranquilizers could taint the animals meat.

"It’s like a giant backyard rabbit," said an OWC employee. "It's going to be very hard for us to catch it unless we have the upper hand."

Davis said the deer has had the pumpkin on its head for days and is affecting its ability to eat and drink. He says people should be more mindful of the animals living around us.

"As the people and the animals share the habitat I think it’s important that we clean up after ourselves and make sure we hide all the hazards we possibly can," he said.

The Ohio Wildlife Center said they will continue to work on removing the plastic pumpkin from the deer's head.

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