January 30, 2017
"Jughead," the nicknamed deer that was seen roaming a Maryland community for more than a week with a plastic snack jar stuck on its head, was successfully rescued Sunday, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The agency said in a press release that staffers from the DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service tranquilized the juvenile male, removed the snack container and released the animal into the wild in Hartford County.
"The deer appeared alert and healthy on its release," the agency said in the press release.
DNR personnel spent more than a week looking for the animal, which had been seen several times in the Bel Air, Md., neighborhood of Glenwood Country Club Park. Residents nicknamed the deer "Jughead," and contacted the DNR in hopes of helping the stressed animal.
"The [DNR's] Wildlife Response Team spent more than a week combing the brush and woodlots around the Bel Air community looking for the young buck," the press release stated. "They eventually identified the normal paths of travel for the deer and erected tree-stands to observe his travels in an attempt to intercept him."
DNR staffers were able to tranquilize "Jughead" around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Maryland DNR also shot a video showing the deer getting to its feet and heading off into the wood following the rescue.