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6:45 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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  • Tim Cuthriell saw this cow elk with a tire around its neck in Pine Park Estates near North Turkey Creek.
  • Tim Cuthriell saw this cow elk with a tire around its neck in Pine Park Estates near North Turkey Creek.
  • Tim Cuthriell saw this cow elk with a tire around its neck in Pine Park Estates near North Turkey Creek.
    

JEFFERSON COUNTY - A tire around the neck of a cow elk in Jefferson County Tuesday caught the attention of a 9NEWS viewer.

Tim Cuthriell snapped three photos of the elk seen around midday in Pine Park Estates near North Turkey Creek.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill says wildlife officers have been aware of the situation since April 8, but they are choosing to leave her alone.

"We definitely monitor the animals, but because these are wild animals as well, if we don't intervene, if the animals are still able to do everything they need to we really prefer to let nature take its course," Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said. "Generally these things will fall off over time."

Part of the reason is officers believe the tire will come off eventually if the elk bends her head down far enough. The other consideration is it appears the elk is pregnant, and tranquilizing her so they can remove the tire could cause problems.

Wildlife officers plan to keep tabs on the situation.

Churchill says these types of incidents are fairly common - elk getting tangled in everything from volleyball nets to tomato cages - and these issues are usually are resolved without any human intervention. 

In one case in the mountains, Churchill says an elk has had a ring from an outdoor feeding bowl around its neck for six years. But she says because it's not hurting anything, wildlife officers are letting it be.

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