Environment

Enviro brief: Think about wildlife for holiday decorations

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 12/4/18

The holiday season is underway and decorations are lighting up in full force. But don't get too carried away, cautions the wildlife department from our neighbor to the north, Colorado.

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Enviro brief: Think about wildlife for holiday decorations

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The holiday season is underway and decorations are lighting up in full force. But don't get too carried away, cautions the wildlife department from our neighbor to the north, Colorado.

"While holiday lights brighten the short days of early winter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds residents to hang outdoor decorations with wildlife in mind," read a recent press release.

"Every year (we) get reports and photos of bucks snarled in decorations. In Salida recently, a buck deer became tangled in a rope being used as part of an outdoor display. Deer are entering their mating season, and bucks are moving around with only one thing on their mind: finding a mate.

"To prevent animals from getting snared, CPW suggests that decorations be wrapped tightly around posts and trees. Lights that are hanging should be at least six feet off the ground for the entire length and fastened securely at the ends. Lights should not be draped over bushes or trees. And decorations attached to a house or building should be secured tightly," it read.

If you do see wildlife caught in holiday decorations, call the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at (888) 248-6866.

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