Elk in Colorado with tire around neck for 2 years freed


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Wildlife officials in Colorado say there’s an elusive elk walking the hills With a car tire around its neck for at least two years it has finally broken free of obstruction.


According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a 4 1/2-year-old, 600-pound (270-kilogram) bull elk was spotted and pacified near Pine Junction, southwest of Denver, on Saturday evening. Officers with agency had to chop off elk’s five-point horns remove encroachment Because they couldn’t cut the steel in the tire bead.

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Officer Scott Murdoch said, “We would have preferred to cut the tire and leave the horns for his cramping activity, but the situation was dynamic and we had to remove the tire anyway.”

Murdoch and fellow officer Dawson Swanson estimated the elk shed to be about 35 pounds (16 kilograms) with the tires, horns and debris removed from the inside.

Wildlife officials first spotted the elk with the tire around its neck while conducting a population survey for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats in the Mount Evans Wilderness in July 2019.

They say they have seen deer, elk, moose, bears and other wildlife engaging in a number of items, including swing sets, hammocks, clothing, decorative or holiday lights, furniture, tomato cages, chicken feeders, laundry. Includes basket, soccer and round. Volleyball Nets.

Wildlife officers Scott Murdoch (left) and Dawson Swanson (right) hold the tire that was on this bull elk for more than two years (Photo courtesy of Pat Hemstreet)

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