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Runaway reindeer still at-large in Collingwood (UPDATE: Animal found, tranquilized)

The search is still on thanks to several residents reporting sightings to the OPP

4 p.m. update: The runaway reindeer has been found and tranquilized in the area of Admiral elementary school. 

There’s still a reindeer wandering in Collingwood.

Susan Nicholson, general manager of the Downtown Collingwood BIA, confirmed the animal is still missing.

A farm from Arthur brought some reindeer for the town's Christmas celebrations yesterday. While unloading one of the animals, another bolted from the back of the trailer.

According to Nicholson, the owner said it’s unusual for a pack animal to bolt, but there was a lot of activity going on yesterday.

There have been several reindeer sightings reported by local residents. Stuart Snelgrove, a sales rep for CollingwoodToday, caught some footage on his camera drone of the reindeer and reported it.

Nicholson said the owners are optimistic the reindeer will be caught and returned to her herd. The owner is working with wranglers, and Nicholson connected the owner with a local wrangler who specializes in finding and herding lost cows.

Nicholson said the best thing for residents to do is report sightings to the OPP via the non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. The police are in touch with the owner and were helping in the search efforts. Do not approach the reindeer for your safety and hers.


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