It’s Happened Again…
Homeowners encouraged to bring in or stow away items elk may tangle with
By: Kris Hazelton
It’s springtime in the Estes Valley and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is urging everyone to please look around your homes, yards and businesses for items that the bull elk may get tangled up in.
Just this week, Division of Parks and Wildlife Manager Rick Spowart was called out to help a young bull elk who had gotten tangled up in a hammock. The ropes of the hammock were tightly twisted around the elks’ spike antlers and the wooden bar of the hammock hung over his face and would hit him in the eye, causing his eye to swell.
Bull elk can be tempted to practice sparring with anything that moves. Swings, hammocks, volleyball nets and tire swings blowing in the wind pose a challenge for the elk and they will approach these items and actually spar with them. This can be a very dangerous practice as their antlers can easily become entangled in these items we have all around our homes and yards.
The CDOPW is urging all residents to bring these items in to avoid any encounters such as the entangled animals shown on this page.
Spowart asks all residents to please look over our yards and bring in anything that might pose an entrapment hazard for our resident elk with which we share our beautiful mountain community.