Elk NetworkBull Elk Has Child’s Swing Removed from its Head

General | October 29, 2021

A bull elk is back in the woods of northcentral Colorado with a new look for the fall. No longer is it sporting a child’s swing tightly tangled in its antlers. But it does not have all of its antler tines either.

It happened in Indian Hills, a small community about 20 miles southwest of Denver.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) received a call about an elk with a small blue swing covering its nose and part of its face. The photos show how difficult it would be for the bull to be able to eat or drink anything.

According to CPW, a wildlife officer tranquilized the elk, attached an ear tag and removed most of its antlers for safety and to keep the bull from being harvested. The 2.5-year-old bull had nontypical antlers, which usually happens when the pedicle or antler base gets damaged at an early age. Find more info about that here.

Go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife NE Region Twitter page to see a series of photos and videos from the incident.

(Photo source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)