BIG PINE KEY (CBSMiami/AP) – An endangered Key deer has a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy to thank for removing a Doritos chips bag from its head.

The deer, which had its entire head stuck in the bag, was spotted by the deputy who was on patrol Saturday evening in Big Pine Key.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin says the deer allowed the deputy to remove the bag without a struggle.

Key deer are the smallest of the Virginia white-tailed deer subspecies and are endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says the deer have been threatened by development, habitat loss and hurricanes.

Herrin reminds Florida Keys visitors to properly dispose trash to prevent the animals from harm.

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