The City of Neligh received an unusual call Thursday morning about a deer tangled in a volleyball net.
The small buck's antlers were wrapped around the netting at Fred Penn Park. The netting is used as a boundary for the court to keep the balls inside the area. It was not the net used to volley the ball over during play.
City of Neligh employee Brian Hain said it took several employees to hold the deer down and cut it out of the netting. He said the animal's antlers were broken, and it clearly had been fighting the netting for long enough to cause severe injury to itself.
"We worked to free the deer as quickly as possible this morning. Unfortunately, the injuries it sustained while being caught were too severe, and the deer had to be put down."