A bull elk in Pine, Colorado, that had carried a tire around its neck for at least two years was finally relieved of its burden on October 9, wildlife officials said.
Local man Pat Hemstreet spied the elk in his neighborhood and called Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Saturday, leading to the tranquilization of the animal and removal of the tire.
The antlers of the 600-pound elk had to be removed in order to lift off the tire. It was the fourth attempt to restrain the animal that week, the CPW said.
Hemstreet recorded this video showing the animal before the team intervened. Credit: Pat Hemstreet via Storyful