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Don’t Let Your Home Be A Trap For Elk

Last week Rick Spowart, Wildlife Manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife received a call that a large bull was entangled in some wire.

After searching for the bull, he found him very caught up in yards of wire fencing. The wires were wrapped tightly around his head and neck and back to his legs and it was so tight that there was a danger that it could have cut off the circulation to his limbs. Also, had the elk done any sparring with another bull, the results could have been doubly disastrous because then the two elk would have become entangled together.

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Spowart drug immobilized the elk and was able to free him from the wire. The bull later woke up and wandered off, wire free. The bull has since been sighted several times in the past week following his rescue and luckily, he survived the ordeal.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife urges all residents to take some time this week to look around your property. Is there anything that might pose a danger to our wildlife? Anything that they might get caught up in? If the answer to that is “yes” please take the time to put that item away so the animals are out of danger. It could be a tomato cage, a roll of wire, even lawn chairs and ropes should be stowed away in the garage or storage shed when not in use.

If you have a fenced in yard, please know that elk are particularly bad fence negotiators. Barbed wire fences, with loose, low bottom wires, and high top wires create lethal traps. Juvenile elk are more likely to die in fence accidents than adults. There are accounts of dead fawns and calves, curled up next to fences, because they were unable to cross where the adult animals did.

This week, take a good look at your yard and fencing and make sure it is not a hazard for the animals.

 

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