Elk Roaming Colorado with Tire Around Neck for 2 Years Freed

Officers had to cut off the elk's five-point antlers to remove the encumbrance because they couldn't slice through the steel in the bead of the tire.

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This undated photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows an elusive elk that has been wandering the hills with a car tire around its neck for at least two years that has now finally been freed of the tire. The 4 1/2-year-old, 600-pound (272-kilogram) bull elk was spotted near Pine Junction southwest of Denver on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, and tranquilized, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW officers had to cut the elk’s five-point antlers off to remove the encumbrance because they couldn’t cut through the steel in the bead of the tire. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP)
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PINE, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Colorado say an elusive elk that has been wandering the hills with a car tire around its neck for at least two years has finally been freed of the obstruction. The 4 1/2-year-old, 600-pound (270-kilogram) bull elk was spotted near Pine Junction, southwest of Denver, on Saturday evening and tranquilized, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Officers with the agency had to cut off the elk’s five-point antlers…

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