“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…” - Sir Walter Scott.
We’re not sure exactly what happened here, but somehow this deer got tangled up in what appears to be a hammock. This photo, sent to us by reader Jan Nelson, was taken near Gail Gardner in Prescott.
Arizona Game and Fish (AZGFD) are aware of the situation, and are trying to locate the deer. If they can find him, they will attempt to help extricate the deer from it’s entanglements.
In an urban wildland interface, wildlife can find themselves in unexpected predicaments. Humans can make their yards safer for wildlife with prevention in mind, according to the Humane Society.
1. Make sure Jack-o-lanterns (especially those with candles) are out of reach, and preferably inside, shining through windows.
2. Wait to put up your outdoor Christmas lights until after the 1st week of December, which is the peak of the deer rut when they are most actively scraping their antlers.
3. Make sure your lights are attached firmly, using multiple short strands which will be less trouble if animals do get tangled up. Try not to string them across open areas.
4. If you are going to put up bird feeders, make sure they are kept full all winter long.
You can string together popcorn, cranberries and peanuts for a festive decoration that even the birds will love.
5. Try to ensure that hammocks and game nets are up high and in areas safe from wildlife. Tie them up when not in use.
In the meantime, if you happen to see this unfortunate young buck, please do not attempt to approach it. Please report the sighting to AZGFD at 623.236.7201.