Ohio DNR Officers Searching For a Deer With a Zip Tie Secured Around Its Neck

   07.31.18

Officials with the Ohio Division of Wildlife are actively searching for a deer in distress with a zip tie secured around its neck.

According to WCPO, residents of Mount Lookout, near Cincinnati, first spotted the deer in their backyard a few weeks back.

“It was close around her neck, but it wasn’t tight, and she wasn’t in any distress,” Sharon Bonadies reportedly said. “And she was able to come in here and eat and walk over to that fence there and just leap right over.”

Even though the deer was acting as if nothing was bothering it, Bonadies still felt obligated to seek help, so she went to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. They informed her that tranquilizers, while effective, can sometimes take a long time to work, which could put the deer’s health at further risk if she were to take off. They told Bonadies to monitor the situation as best as she could, and to call back if the deer’s condition worsens.

A few weeks went by, and the deer’s appearance suddenly began to change.

“She was hanging her head and splaying her legs out to try to stand up, and she couldn’t jump the fence,” Bonadies said.

So, the Division of Wildlife answered her second attempt at seeking out help, but when they showed up to the scene the deer was nowhere to be found. Soon after, though, it was another local resident who eventually located her wandering around in the same area.

The deer was apparently foaming at the mouth, and its ribs were starting to show through its skin.

“She’s still laying in my yard and she’s been here since before 8 this morning, and she’s getting more and more in distress,” Bonadies said. “Her head is beginning to lay on the ground a bit.”

One can only assume the zip tie came from another human, and it’s a real shame anybody would do something like that to another animal. We’ll stay with this story until we hear any updates, and will be sure to let you know if we hear anything.

If you have seen or heard anything regarding this deer, please be sure to contact ODNR Division of Wildlife.

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