Deer spotted with antlers tangled with netting in Pennsylvania town sparks concern

White Tailed Deer
Credit: CBS PITTSBURGH via People

Saving wildlife to re-populate a particular species is an appreciative effort by the government to prevent the species from becoming extinct. But what happens if the re-population schemes lead to overcrowding of the same species, thereby endangering human life?

People reported that ‘white-tailed deer’ is burdening the Pennsylvania town dwellers. Community members of the town were compelled to contact the Bethel Park Police Department on Nov. 11 with the complaint reporting “a deer with a net stuck in his antlers.”

The BPPD issued a statement release saying that they informed residents that should they come across the animal and it appeared to be stuck or in distress, to notify the Game Commission at (724) 238-9523. The release continued, “Our Local Animal Control cannot handle this type of issue. It was last spotted in Kings School Rd and Clifton Rd.”

According to People’s reports, CBS News Pittsburgh spoke with Bethel Park hunter Bill Magnotti about the deer in question in an article shared on Tuesday. Magnotti said, “We are pretty much polluted,” adding, “It’s overwhelming sometimes.” The deer in question had netting in black and white on its antlers, indicating a piece of Halloween decorations, to which he said, “He’s been around a while,” adding, “It happens. They get in around the houses. They jumped through my fence one day and had my nylon fence attached to their horns for a little while.”

According to People, the website of The Bethel Park Municipality addresses that there has been a 40% increase in the number of vehicle-related deer incidents since 2018. Magnotti speaks in relation to the deer, “They lose their horns anywhere from January to March,” so he says it will be fine.

Earlier in October, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in response to an image of a deer with the word “pet” written in large black letters on the animal’s side, “Wild animals should not be considered pets, and particularly deer should not be moved from their habitat.”

Deer with decorations wrapped around its antlers spotted in Bethel Park