PINE (Colo.) — Officials in Colorado have announced that an elusive elk, which has been roaming the hills for at least two decades with a car tire around his neck, has finally been released.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the bull elk, weighing 600 lbs (270 kilograms), was seen near Pine Junction on Saturday evening. He was calmed down by officers. Because they couldn’t cut through the steel in their tire’s tread, officers with the agency had no choice but to trim the five-pointed antlers.
Officer Scott Murdoch stated that while we would prefer to remove the tire and leave the antlers to his rutting activity but that the situation was dynamic, it was necessary to get the tire off as quickly as possible.
Murdoch and Dawson Swanson, a fellow officer, estimated that the elk lost about 35 pounds (16 kg) after removing the tire, antlers, and other debris.
The elk was first seen by wildlife officers in July 2019, while they were conducting a population survey in the Mount Evans Wilderness for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.
According to them, they have witnessed deer, elk and moose become entangled with a variety of items including hammocks, swing sets, clotheslines and decorative lighting.