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Haymaker elk rescue

An elk fell through the ice while crossing the pond behind the No. 11 green on the city-owned golf course east of Steamboat Springs.

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A wet, tired and stressed elk stands in a sand trap behind the No. 11 green at Haymaker Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon after being pulled from a nearby pond by golf course employees. Photo by John F. Russell

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Haymaker Golf Course employee Dave Morter places a strap around the neck of a cow elk that had fallen through the ice at the golf course Wednesday afternoon. Rescuers were able to pull the animal to the shore. Photo by John F. Russell

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Rescuers pull a cow elk to shore after the animal fell through the ice at Haymaker Golf Course. Photo by John F. Russell

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Haymaker employee John DiNicholas attempts to move an elk away from an ice-covered pond at Haymaker Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon. Rescuers were able to use ropes and a 4-inch wide strap to pull the elk from the icy pond. Photo by John F. Russell

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