EVERGREEN, Colo. (KDVR) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers saved an elk after its head got stuck in a child’s swing over the weekend. CPW said the elk was first reported near Evergreen Golf Course.
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The elk was found in Indian Hills on Monday, and CPW officer Scott Murdoch tranquilized it and removed the swing.
CPW said it also removed the antlers from the 2.5-year-old bull for safety reasons and to keep the bull from being harvested this season.
“This bull had a set of nontypical antlers, which most often happens when the pedicle or base where the antlers grow get damaged at an early age. If a bull has a damaged pedicle, the animal will likely have nontypical antlers every year,” said the CPW.
The antlers were safely removed and the elk can now freely enjoy eating and drinking without a swing on its face.
Things wildlife have become entangled in:
- Garden cages
- Clothes lines
- Plastic fencing
- Lawn chairs
- Playground equipment
- Soccer nets
- Christmas lights
- Place lights and other decorations above 6 feet or attached tightly to trees and buildings
- Lights that hang low or that are draped insecurely over vegetation can get tangled easily in antlers
- Report any wildlife entanglement immediately and don’t try to intervene yourself