Elk NetworkOuch! Elk Freed from Rat Trap Stuck to Its Lip

General | July 9, 2020

A “day at the office” holds a completely different meaning for wildlife officials. For example, take those who work for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in the northern part of the state.

Officers recently answered a call about a cow elk with a small rat trap stuck to its upper lip. The animal apparently smelled bait intended to lure and capture a rodent and instead triggered the trap’s mechanism on itself.

It happened in Evergreen, about 25 miles west of Denver. Officers tranquilized the elk and removed the trap. They encourage landowners to remove any and all items that may be hazardous for elk and other wildlife.

(Photo source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)