Holiday decoration with wildlife in mind

By: Courtney Carter Email
By: Courtney Carter Email

Denver, Colo. – As the holiday season nears and decorations begin to adorn houses, Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind the public to decorate with wildlife safety in mind.

Deer, elk and moose often find themselves tangled or stuck in material, like Christmas lights.

Wildlife officers recommend attaching lights to the house because stringing lights in low shrubbery could end up endangering that animal.

Some other recommendations:

- Avoid draping lights over shrubs and bushes under five-feet high
- String lights on larger diameter trees
- Use multiple short strands of wire plugged together
- Avoid stringing lights “clothesline” style across open areas
- Firmly attach lights to tree limbs, gutters or fence posts

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