A tire around the neck of a cow elk in Jefferson County Tuesday caught the attention of a 9NEWS viewer.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill says wildlife officers have been aware of the situation since April 8, but they are choosing to leave her alone.
“We definitely monitor the animals, but because these are wild animals as well, if we don’t intervene, if the animals are still able to do everything they need to we really prefer to let nature take its course,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said. “Generally these things will fall off over time.”
Part of the reason is officers believe the tire will come off eventually if the elk bends her head down far enough. The other consideration is it appears the elk is pregnant, and tranquilizing her so they can remove the tire could cause problems.
Wildlife officers plan to keep tabs on the situation.