Ohio authorities believe deer may have shed candy bucket

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are cautiously optimistic that a young male deer with a plastic pumpkin stuck on its head for more than a week in central Ohio has finally shed the irritant.


State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife poses with the plastic pumpkin that was found next to a Upper Arlington bird feeder on December 9, 2017. The pumpkin, complete with deer hair inside and broken strap is more than likely the one that has been on a deer's head for about a week. [Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The Dispatch reports the Upper Arlington Police Department sent out a tweet Saturday morning that said a resident had found a plastic pumpkin by his deer feeder.

State wildlife officer Brad Kiger went to the property to investigate. He says the pumpkin appears to be the same size as the one seen in a photograph of the deer and has similar dents. Perhaps the most telling clue was the discovery of deer hair inside the candy bucket.

Kiger wants residents to keep an eye out for the deer in case the bucket was placed by the feeder as a prank.