(Pixabay)

Stuck with a pail on its head for a week, deer tranquilized by conservation officers

Deer muzzled by pink trick-or-treat bucket in Sooke

A deer that had a pail on its head for more than a week was freed Wednesday afternoon after being tranquilized, say conservation officers.

The deer, which was sighted in the Whiffin Spit area of Sooke, had a plastic pink trick-or-treat bucket stuck on its head.

Conservation officers received numerous reports of the deer over the last week.

On Wednesday, a woman followed the deer until conservation officer Rick Dekelver could catch up with it. The animal was sedated and the bucket was removed from its face.

The deer showed no signs of dehydration or starvation when Dekelver approached it.

“I’m sure it was dehydrated. I just didn’t note it. The deer was high on adrenalin and active from people watching it.”

Dekelver said was unlikely the deer would have been able to eat or drink with the pail around its muzzle.

It’s unknown how the pail became stuck on the deer’s face, but Dekelver said it’s not unusual for deer to get caught up in fences, hamocks and garden mesh.

Once sedated, the deer was down for 1.5 hours while the pail was cut off its head. Later, the deer awoke and began eating and drinking before running off.

“This is a good news story in that it eneded happily,” Dekelver said, adding the actions of the residents should be praised.

Anyone who spots an entangled animal or a human-wildlife conflict is urged to report it to the province’s RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

Just Posted

Saanich seals history with time capsule

Saanich will re-open time capsule in 2067

Canadian military gains valuable disaster experience at RIMPAC

Naval, air force and army personnel practise war activities, humanitarian relief

Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson set to hit Rock the Shores stage

Other acts include Bahamas, Allen Stone and Bedouin Soundclash

Victoria Police issue a public warning after a man was injured by a hidden syringe

Used syringes in discrete locations have caused injuries over the past year in Greater Victoria

Fire at Christie’s Carriage House Pub on Fort Street

The fire was caused by rags in a dryer

Royal Victoria Yacht Club sends strong presence to BC Summer Games

Oak Bay athlete Max Chapman competes in sailing this week

Non-union construction industry fears exclusion in B.C.

Premier John Horgan imposes ‘project labour agreements’ for public works

Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit

Trump and Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit.

In TV interview, Trump claims queen called Brexit ‘complex’

Asked the queen’s view on Brexit, Trump said: “She said it’s a very complex problem.”

Exotic corpse flower begins to emit its putrid scent at Vancouver conservatory

A unique and exotic tropical plant, acclaimed for its size and abhorred for its smell, is blooming at a Vancouver conservatory.

CREA reports June home sales down 10.7% from year ago, but up from May

The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in June were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago.

Tens of thousands give heroes’ welcome to Croatia team

Euphoria gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatia fans after their national team lost to France in its first ever World Cup final.

Beacon Hill off to Little League provincials after big win in district final

Victoria team goes 7-0 for the week in Central Saanich, beats host team 10-1 in final

5 things to do this weekend around Victoria

The sounds of summer Rock the Shores returns to the lower fields… Continue reading

Most Read