ODNR sets trap to catch deer with pumpkin on head in Upper Arlington
Six days after neighbors first saw a deer in Upper Arlington with a plastic pumpkin on its head, officers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said they're switching up their tactics.
"We’ve tried to surround it, capture it, remove it with hooks.. the pumpkin on its head," said Off. Brad Kiger with ODNR. "You would think over time the deer's health would actually diminish. The deer is healthy, still running full strength."
They set a trap in an undisclosed location of the neighborhood Thursday where the deer is spotted daily. They placed corn at one end of the trap and when a camera outside senses movement, it will send a text alert to officers. They'll be able to close the trap door by remote.
They're asking neighbors not to try to catch the deer themselves to prevent it from going along its daily path. However, wildlife experts who have been monitoring the deer everyday, told ABC 6/FOX 28 that the pumpkin around its head is loosening up and possibly tearing. They said the deer continues to rub up against trees to try to groom its antlers. They said they're still hopeful that the plastic will fall off the deer's head on its own.