Huge bull elk with enormous antlers being rescued after it became tangled in wire fencing.
The footage shows officers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife cutting the wire fencing away from the giant elk’s massive antlers.
The Wildlife Officers said in a statement obtained by Newsflash on Tuesday, 13th September, that the incident took place near a highway near Estes Park, a town in northern Colorado.
They added: “Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers rescued a bull elk stuck in the middle of a busy intersection between Highway 7 and Highway 36 near Estes Park and were able to remove 30 feet of burdensome fencing tangled in its antlers.
“Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a local resident reported seeing the bull elk with fencing caught in its antlers on the highway. CPW wildlife officers arrived on the scene at 12:45 p.m. and were assisted by the Estes Park Police Department unit to stop traffic and help assist the animal out of the intersection.
“A CPW wildlife officer tranquilized the bull elk so it could be freed of the fencing entanglement and released outside of the intersection to its natural habitat. By 2:30 p.m. the fencing was removed and, after receiving a reversal agent to wake it from the sedation, it ran off.”
They also said: “Wildlife officers did not observe any serious injuries and, other than being exhausted, they believe the elk will have a full recovery.”
The statement quoted District Wildlife Manager Clayton Brossart as saying: “Land managers rope off areas to try to prevent elk from damaging them.”
He added: “It is an aspect of the landscape and shows the intersection of humans and wildlife in our urban interface. We were grateful for the opportunity to free the elk of the fencing on its antlers and remove it from the dangerous intersection. We also want to thank the local residents who reported this to us immediately, so we were able to have a quick response and freed the elk without it sustaining any serious injury.”
Newsflash also obtained the images from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who said on Twitter on Wednesday, 14th September: “Name something you don’t see every day…okay we’ll go first.
“Today our Wildlife Officers removed fencing stuck in a bull elk’s antlers in Estes Park. The elk was tranquilized while our officers removed the fencing and ran away from the area seemingly unharmed.”
One eagle-eyed netizen, going by the handle ‘DonnyW’, quipped: “Glad that the officers were able to run away from the area seemingly unharmed.”
This prompted the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to see the funny side and humorously reply “We’re grammar champs”, followed by a laughing emoji.
On a more serious note, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife also said in their statement that they are “in the midst of a five-year study to better understand elk movements and land use in Colorado. Results will help inform wildlife managers of possible management strategies related to herd management plan objectives and habitat use.”
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