A deer that spent around 6 months with a hammock stuck on their antlers has been rescued by the authorities.
The buck became entangled with the hammock and lived with it for around 6 months.
The incident happened near Lake Natoma, California, and the deer was discovered during the summer of this year.
Since that day, the CDFW (California Department of Fish and Wildlife) have been trying to track him down so they could remove it.
The buck ended up becoming a local celebrity.
The good thing is that the buck was located this Christmas and was helped right away.
It was added that the team managed to locate him just a couple of days before Christmas.
They ended up tranquilizing the deer and removed his antlers in order to protect them from poaching efforts.
The CDFW waited in place for 1 hour in order to get the shot and this was the third time that they had tried to tranquilize the deer.
During an interview with CBS Sacramento, Captain Patrick Foy of the CDFW said:
People tend to grossly oversimplify the animal-capture process.We showed up in the dark and basically ambushed the deer. We were in full camouflage. This animal had no idea we were there. My partner got a good dart in the right spot which is generally the major muscle groups. We want to make them so that they are not vulnerable to poaching.
A post that was made by the CDFW said that the entire incident was likely to have been caused by illegal feeding.
In a post that they made on Facebook, they said:
This handsome buck was lured too close to a hammock and other life-threatening human hazards by Fair Oaks residents who were feeding it illegally. It took weeks to capture the skittish buck to free it from the entanglement.
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