in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer comes this story and its rather lengthy, obvious headline,
“Doomed Parma deer can’t eat or drink with head stuck in bucket.” The
photo paints a pretty good picture of what’s going on. The article follows.
PARMA — A deer living behind a York Road home near Sprague
Road has gotten its head stuck in a plastic container.
Parma officials called the Ohio Department of Natural Resources,
which has no plans to help the deer.
“It is very difficult to try to tranquilize a free-ranging deer,”
wildlife officer supervisor Doug Miller said. “And our policy is, if we do tranquilize
a deer, it must be euthanized.”
Wildlife officers fatally shoot the deer they tranquilize because
the drug taints the meat that could be consumed by people if the deer were killed
by a hunter or motorist.
Miller said spraying a spot of brightly colored paint on the
deer to show that it had been tranquilized is not an option, because the paint might
wear off before the drug fully leaves the deer’s body.
A deer was spotted last month in Broadview Heights with a plastic
pumpkin stuck on its head. No one has reported seeing the deer lately, Miller said.
He recommends that people never leave food containers where
wildlife can reach them.