Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) shared video of a young buck frantically trying to escape from a soccer net after getting tangled up in Manitou Springs.
Lucky for the young buck, CPW was there to help. Wildlife officers sedated the young buck with a tranquilizer dart before cutting it free from the netting.
WATCH as a buck🦌thrashes frantically to get free of a⚽️sports🥅net in a #ManitouSprings park. It ripped down the steel goal posts & dragged it until @COParksWildlife officers subdued it with a Taser & cut it free in a 10-minute ordeal.👏AGAIN 👏we ask: Take down🥅sports🥅nets! pic.twitter.com/RFCFPTl0IQ— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) November 12, 2020
"This is not an isolated incident," CPW tweeted. "And it will happen more during the holidays with strings of lights and other decorations. Please be a good neighbor to our wildlife friends."
"Hammocks are another common item that snare deer," CPW tweeted. "They can fight to exhaustion and death trying to get free."
And let's not forget about the holiday lights....
"Holiday lights don't look so pretty wrapped around the eyes, mouth, and antlers of deer," CPW added.
The recent incident serves as reminder to Coloradans with yards to clear any potential hazards to wildlife, such as sports netting, swings, hammocks, and wire plant cages. It's also another reminder to be mindful of wildlife as they are out and about this winter.
Editor's Note: If you find a wild animal tangled up in similar situation, do not try to free them yourself. Contact your local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office for assistance. For a list of regional and area offices, click here.