Winter wildlife wire warnings

By: Myranda Hoffman Email
By: Myranda Hoffman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Christmas is one week away and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking citizens to make sure decorations are safe for wildlife.

Every year, wildlife officers are called to homes to rescue animals caught in wired lights or decorations stuck on animals’ antlers, heads, legs or horns.

These incidents can usually be prevented.

Lights should not be strung “clothesline style” from one area to the next. Multiple short strands of wire plugged together instead of one long strand makes it easier for an animal to escape if it becomes entangled.

However, winter animal entanglement does not always involve Christmas decorations.

Many summer items should be taken down and stored when not in use in the winter, including volleyball nets, hammocks, swings, clotheslines, water hoses and garden materials.

If an animal becomes entangled on your property, call a local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office. Do not try to approach or help the animal. Wildlife officers will usually only capture or handle the animal if the entanglement appears to be life-threatening as the stress caused by capture can result in animal mortality.

A list of wildlife offices is available at:

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