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Elk gets tangled in a clothesline

3:36 PM, Sep 20, 2011   |    comments
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Erin Cady sent 9NEWS these pictures of the elk that apparently got tangled with a clothesline. A spokesperson for Colorado Parks & Wildlife says as long as it's still able to breathe, eat, and see, it's best to leave it alone.

"Sometimes, when we get involved in actually tranquilizing elk to remove these things, that can be kind of traumatic for them, so it's not our first option for them," Jennifer Churchill with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife said. "As long as animal is safe - even though it doesn't look very comfortable - it might be annoying to the elk - when those antlers fall off later this year, that stuff will also fall off at the same time."

Churchill says this kind of thing happens a lot this time of year because elk are on the move during their breeding season. She advises homeowners to try and remove any sports nets or other loose wires or ropes that could easily get caught in an elk's antlers.

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