PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Two bull elk fought one another as the pair became entangled in barbed wire, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
Biologists managed to free one of the elk but the other died from injuries sustained while fighting wrapped in barbed wire.
The scenario recently played out in the Ochoco Unit of Central Oregon.
“Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers were able to radio dispatch and notify the Prineville field office staff to bring the equipment to sedate the bull elk,” according to ODFW.
And unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident.
“Bull elk and buck deer can often become entangled in leftover wire or rope this time of year,” according to ODFW.
If you seen an animal stuck or trapped in a wire, fence or rope, ODFW urges you to contact one of their offices or the nearest state police station.
“Do not attempt to free the animal on your own. An injured or trapped animal may be extremely dangerous,” ODFW cautioned. “And if you notice old rope or wire laying around where an animal may become wrapped up or trapped in it, please remove it if possible.”