After Roaming for Two Years, Elk Freed from Tire Entrapment in Colorado Hills
A reclusive elk, which had been traversing the Colorado hills burdened by a car tire around its neck for a minimum of two years, has finally been relieved of this hindrance, as confirmed by wildlife officials.
The bull elk, aged around four and a half years and weighing approximately 600 pounds, was sighted near Pine Junction, southwest of Denver, during the evening hours of Saturday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported that the elk was tranquilized during the operation.
To eliminate the impediment, agents from the organization found it necessary to remove the elk’s five-point antlers, as they were unable to cut through the steel bead of the tire.
Scott Murdoch, an officer, explained, “We would have preferred to cut the tire and leave the antlers for his rutting activity, but the situation was dynamic and we had to just get the tire off in any way possible.”
Rangers had previously observed the elk on several occasions through surveillance footage, expressing concerns for its well-being prior to the successful removal of the tire.
Caption: After a two-year ordeal, the elk has been freed from the tire entanglement in the Mount Evans Wilderness.