Bull elk pulled from Estes Park swimming pool dashes off to the wild

A bull elk that wound up in a swimming pool in Estes Park on Sunday was pulled to safety by emergency responders.

Colorado Park and Wildlife Officer Chase Rylands lassoed a rope around the elk’s antlers and the large animal, who resisted, was pulled toward the swimming pool stairs, according to CPW social media posts.

Rylands and Estes Park Police Officer Skylar Watson used a staircase railing as part of an improvised pulley system. The rope was attached to the rear of a pickup truck and the elk was slowly, and carefully, pulled from the pool.

In a video posted on Twitter, when the elk finally emerged from the pool a round of cheers could be heard from witnesses. After a brief pause, the elk ran off.

The rope around the antlers was not knotted and it should fall off, according to CPW.

 

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