Kelly Link of Copperopolis said she and her neighbors frequently spotted the deer wandering with the plastic chicken feeder stuck around its head.
“There was a six-block radius where everyone was calling when they saw him,” Link told KOVR-TV.
Link, some neighbors and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist were finally able to corner the deer at a neighbor’s house Wednesday night.
“He started squealing and he tried to run off in the field. It took two of us to pull that off. I could feel the scabs, his neck was raw it was a lot tighter than it looked,” Link said.
Link celebrated the deer’s emancipation in a Facebook post.
“Me and the rescuers one, chicken feeder zero! Baby deer is free. Took almost 2 weeks but we did it just now,” she wrote.
Peter Tira of the Department of Fish and Wildlife said there is another deer in a similar predicament that the state biologist is now attempting to track about an hour away from Link’s neighborhood.