CPW, police team up in Estes Park to free elk out of fencing


A bull elk with mesh fencing entangled in his antlers was tranquilized near a busy traffic intersection in Estes Park, where police and wildlife officers freed the beast of his burden.

At about 11 a.m. Tuesday locals reported the distressed elk and police and Colorado Parks and Wildlife teamed up to help the elk, according to a CPW news release.

At about 12:45 p.m. police stopped motor vehicle traffic near the intersection of U.S. Highway 36 and Colorado 7 and the bull was tranquilized. A pair of wildlife officers and a police officer cut about 30-feet of fencing from around the sedated elk’s antlers and the animal was taken out of Estes Park and released into natural habitat. At about 2:30 p.m. the elk received a reversal agent to counter the tranquilizer and he ran off into the wild.

Other than being exhausted, the elk will likely experience a full recovery, CPW said.


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