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Deer With Plastic Pumpkin Stuck To Head Rescued In Upper Saddle River

The crippled deer stands behind another in Upper Saddle River.
The crippled deer stands behind another in Upper Saddle River. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Upper Saddle River PD

Recent reports of a deer roaming Upper Saddle River with a plastic pumpkin stuck to its head turned out to be true, said authorities who rescued the crippled creature on Tuesday.

TYCO Animal Control officers based in Ho-Ho-Kus came to town and coordinated efforts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Division of Fish & and Wildlife to rescue the young deer, Police Chief Patrick Rotella said.

"We'd been receiving calls from residents since the end of November reporting sightings of the deer," Rotella said. "Unfortunately we were unable to locate the animal.

"We don't know whether it was able to eat or drink," he said.

"Last week, Mayor [Joanne] Minichetti received a call from a concerned resident that helped to narrow down a specific area that the deer frequented," the chief said.

On Tuesday morning, the deer was tracked down, tranquilized and rescued, with plans to eventually release the animal back into the wild.

PHOTOS: Courtesy Upper Saddle River Mayor Joanne Minichetti

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