Upper Arlington police: Deer stuck in pumpkin candy bucket is likely free

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State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife poses with the plastic pumpkin that was found next to a Upper Arlington bird feeder on December 9, 2017. The pumpkin, complete with deer hair inside and broken strap is more than likely the one that has been on a […]

UPPER ARLINGTON, OH (WCMH/AP) -Police in Upper Arlington say a young deer who made headlines last week for having a pumpkin bucket stuck on his head is likely free.

Residents reported seeing the deer around the neighborhood with the plastic pumpkin over his face. The Ohio Wildlife Center, ODNR Wildlife Division, Columbus Zoo, and the Wilds, helped police look.

A resident near the intersection of Henderson and Chevy Chase called officers and said he found a pumpkin bucket by his deer feeder Saturday morning.

“It is likely that the deer who has been the source of so much attention has shed his orange muzzle,” they said. “If you see something different, please call us.”

State wildlife officer Brad Kiger went to the property to investigate. He says the pumpkin appears to be the same size as the one seen in a photograph of the deer and has similar dents. Perhaps the most telling clue was the discovery of deer hair inside the candy bucket.

Kiger wants residents to keep an eye out for the deer in case the bucket was placed by the feeder as a prank.

If you spot this deer, you’re asked to call Upper Arlington police at 614-528-5140 or for other wild animals in distress in Central Ohio you can call the Ohio Wildlife Center at 614-793-9453.

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