EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4)- An Evergreen woman is trying to save an elk that is in a tangled mess. The elk has what appears to be a clothesline twisted in its antlers.
The animal has been spotted around Evergreen recently.
Deb Meyer said she’s concerned the elk will wander into a remote area and get stuck. She launched a Facebook page called “Help the Elk” and called wildlife officers to help untangle the line.
The Division of Parks and Wildlife said the animal can eat, breathe and see fine and that tranquilizing it may do more harm than good.
“It’s always tricky and you don’t always know how an animal will react to it. Sometimes they run off. Sometimes they lay right down. Sometimes they charge an officer. Sometimes they can have a medical reaction that is more detrimental to them than having that clothesline on there,” said Division of Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.
This is mating season and wildlife officials said it’s not uncommon for male elks to get into some tangled trouble. Most manage to free themselves by rubbing their antlers against trees.