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By John F. Russell
January 14, 2013
Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife officers in Steamboat Springs give an elk a sedative so they can relocate it from downtown to a safer place.
Any news on the yearling that had been with the older elk being relocated? The young one looked very healthy when I called Wildlife officials Saturday night concerning the mother looking so ill.
Tammy, I spent most of the day Monday watching this elk and waiting for the folks at the Colorado Division of Parks, and Wildlife to make a move. I never saw the other elk, but the Parks and Wildlife guys were aware of it.
They said it is not unusual for cows of different ages to hang out together in the winter. Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jim Haskins said the younger elk appeared to be in good shape, and he thinks that the animal finally got tired of the attention that comes with hanging out in downtown, and moved to a more suitable area nearby.
Haskins said the young elk (he wasn't sure if it was a calf or a yearling) would be more than capable to take care of itself, and he would expect it to make it through the winter.
Haskins said that there have not been any more reports of elk in the downtown area, and he is hoping that the animals have moved on to a better location.
Hope this post will address your concerns.
John F. Russell
Steamboat Pilot & Today
John, Saturday evening after waiting 1 1/2 hours, the Wildlife Officer arrived and mentioned he would be meeting up with several other people later that evening and possibly try to russle them both up the mountain and out of the town area. I left prior to that happening. Maybe they did manage to get the younger one to leave but the older one looked too weak to move very far at all. Thank-you for responding!
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