Arizona Elk Freed After Month Long Ordeal
Residents at Chapparal Pines Golf Course in Arizona had reported seeing an elk with something on its head. At first Game and Fish officials thought it was the base to a parking cone, but it ended up being the top of a trash container. Security guards at the golf course had a picture of the elk, and kept an eye on it. The elk didn't seem to be suffering too much, the biggest obstacle was lowering his head to eat.
Game and Fish Officials checked on the elk on Monday, but had to wait for one of their tranquilizer trained officers to come help. Jeff Gagnon, a wildlife biologist drove up from Camp Verde. Gagnon and Game and Fish wildlife manager David Daniels borrowed a resident's golf cart to approach the elk on the 8th hole. Gagnon made the shot from 30 yards away, once the elk was sedated they were able to saw off the trash can lid. They also gave the elk two ear tags, and then he was back in the wild. Daniels has been in this business for awhile and has seen odd things like this before, once a deer had a swing set ladder stuck on its head. From The Payson Roundup.