PROVO, Utah, Nov. 26, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Division of Wildlife biologists say they have an extra reason to be thankful this holiday season after saving one of Utah’s majestic critters from a rather nasty entanglement with a length of rope and a few strands of rebar.
The fully grown buck was spotted wearing the unusual crown in Provo, prompting DWR officers to take action.
A short video posted on Twitter shows them use a tranquilizer gun to render the deer unconscious while the DWR team moves to free him from the knotted mass intertwined in his otherwise impressive rack.
“We were able to tranquilize him, administer a reversal drug and make sure he recovered before release,” Utah DWR said in their tweet Thursday.
The buck wasted little time heading for cover once reversal drug kicked in. A bit wobbly at first, the buck stopped there to gather his wits before heading off into the underbrush.
The DWR is reminding homeowners to make sure ropes, twine and Christmas lights on their properties are secure.
We're #thankful our biologists removed the rope & rebar from the antlers of a buck in Provo recently! 🙏 We were able to tranquilize him, administer a reversal drug & make sure he recovered before release. Please ensure ropes, twine & Christmas lights on your property are secure. pic.twitter.com/fDToICuY9D
— UtahDWR (@UtahDWR) November 25, 2020