Stephen: Colorado elk with tire around neck freed after 2 years

Published on October 13th, 2021 @ 5:34 PM


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Can you imagine having something heavy stuck around your neck for two years? Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a bull elk was spotted south of Pine Junction on Saturday (October 9th), and officers responded to the area. It was the fourth time within a week that officers attempted to locate and tranquilize the elk, which had been spotted wandering around with a tire around its neck for at least two years. Officers successfully tranquilized the animal and cut through its antlers so the tire could be lifted off its head. They say the decision to cut the antlers was made after they discovered they would not be able to cut through the tire, which contained a steel bead. The elk was released at the scene, minus about 35 pounds of tire and debris.

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