Bine (dpa) – a deer with a heavy tire around its neck, spent two years in the wild in the US state of Colorado – now the forest department has released it from the burden.
However, two rangers Dawson Swanson and Scott Murdoch had to cut the horns during the operation on Saturday, state authority Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Monday. Prior to that, the young stock, about four and a half years old and weighing over 270 kilograms, had to be pulled out of a set containing 40 animals and stunned.
This is the fourth attempt to help wildlife in the past few weeks. Elk was first seen in July 2019 with a ring around his neck.
Two park rangers estimate that the elk lost nearly 16 kilograms by removing its horns and tires. “The tire was full of wet pine needles and dirt,” Murdoch said. There may have been nearly five kilograms of garbage in the tire.
In fact, they like to cut the tire, not remove the horns – for Elkin’s decay operations, Murdoch said. But could not cut through the steel in the tire. Fortunately, there was still a little room to go around the neck. There was only a small bruise under the animal’s tire – and the hair rubbed lightly.
The young deer gained a ring on the neck as a calf or shed its horns in the winter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The curious animal stuck its head in the pile of tires. Game rangers have already noticed small deer, bears and other wild animals getting caught in swings, stalks, clothes, football goals or volleyball nets – and they put their heads into objects and run away. Therefore, residents must keep their property without restrictions.
Vapitis can weigh up to 450 kilograms. The horns are 1.50 meters long and weigh up to 15 kilograms. Every year from February, the horns made of bone are shed. They grow back until late summer, revealing the strength and health of the wearer during the rut in the fall.
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