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Colorado Elk Rescued from Child’s Basketball Hoop

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This elk just wanted to shoot some hoops!

Elk and deer seem to always be getting into all sorts of trouble. Most recently, this Colorado elk somehow managed to get her head stuck in the loop of a child’s toy basketball hoop.

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Luckily for her, Colorado Parks and Wildlife responded quickly to the scene. After tranquilizing the animal, they were able to cut the hoop free.

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Since they already had her down for the count, the CPW decided to place a tag in her ear.

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As the summer winds down and the rut starts up for many elk and deer in the fall months, these sorts of rescues seem to become more common. In anticipation of that, CPW is using this incident as a reminder to residents on how to avoid other animals from ending up in similar situations.

“Each year wildlife officers are called to address problems with animals caught in wired lights or decorations stuck on animal’s horns, antlers or legs,” CPW said in a statement. “Most of these incidents can be avoided by better planning of where and how to use decorations.”

CPW recommends careful placement of clotheslines, lights and wires where animals can become entangled. They also recommend removing things like volleyball nets, hammocks and swings as summer ends.

Fortunately for this cow elk, this trapped animal story has a happy ending.

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Colorado Elk Rescued from Child’s Basketball Hoop