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Not what these holiday decorators had in mind: Colorado deer with Christmas lights tangled in its antlers evades capture

December 14, 2009 |  8:11 pm

Santa may not need Rudolph's red nose this year.

Residents in Colorado Springs have been reporting a deer with a tangle of Christmas lights wrapped in its antlers. Neighbors have tried to chase the buck to remove the lights, with no success.

State wildlife officials say it's not unusual for deer to get tangled in outdoor decorations.

Wildlife authorities say they had reports two weeks ago of another deer in Colorado Springs with lights caught in its antlers. Wildlife managers say they simply leave decorated deer alone unless they have cords caught around their necks or mouths.

Residents have been asked to use shorter strings of lights and to keep lights off trees and bushes.

-- Associated Press

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