Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers came to the rescue of a mule deer after it was spotted with a stool around its neck.

It was part of a small herd roaming, for several days, near homes in Rocky Mountain House.

Officers first received a report about the deer in Rocky Mountain House on January 23. They say the animal was eating fine and behaving normally so monitored it for a few days, but had to intervene when it became clear the deer wasn’t able to free itself.

In a statement, Fish and Wildlife said, “Officers located the mule deer with the stool still in place, in a quiet treed area in town. After assessing the situation, officers decided to try to safely remove the stool, which required the mule deer to be sedated.”

The deer was taken out of town where officers say she woke up and began foraging on trees. They say the doe has since been spotted and appears to be healthy.

Deer without stool on its head, Feb. 2024

Fish and Wildlife encourages anyone who sees an animal in distress to contact their local office.