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Fish and wildlife officers free tangled bull elk in Canmore

An elk that got itself tangled in 50 metres of fencing had a lucky escape after locals found the struggling animal and called Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

Fish and wildlife officers freed this elk from 50 metres of wire fencing caught in its antlers.

An elk that got itself tangled in 50 metres of fencing in Canmore, Alta., had a lucky escape after locals found the struggling animal and called Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

The bull elk had been dragging the weight of logs and other debris, as well as the fence itself, before being found in distress in a wooded area on the east side of the town.


"The officers safely immobilized the elk and cut the fencing right off the antlers," said Brendan Cox, a public affairs officer with the provincial government.

"It's mating season right now so it's a stressful time for the elk to begin with and this certainly added a lot of stress."

After officers removed the wire they managed to move the animal into a recovery position to help it breathe.

Cox says not all animals are able to recover from this kind of stressful situation. 

This story has a happy ending though.

"They watched the elk wake up and walk right back into the forest," said Cox. 

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