Wildlife officials rushed to get the elk out of the icy pool water.
There is never a dull moment when you are a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officer, especially as humans and wildlife are interacting more and more.
Earlier this month, CPW officers were called to help a cow elk that had wandered into a Loveland backyard and fallen into a winterized pool. She couldn't get out on her own and was stuck in the icy cold water.
"To get the elk out of this pool in Loveland, they got straps around her and then the wildlife officers and Loveland Fire Rescue Authority firefighters pulled it out. It took a few attempts to get her out. Wildlife officers estimated she weighed 500 pounds," said CPW NE Region on Twitter.
You can see her when they initially arrived below:
Three of our wildlife officers with a big assist from @LovelandFRA were able to pull this cow (female) elk out of a Loveland swimming pool tonight. The elk weighed about 500 pounds, wildlife officers estimated. pic.twitter.com/BotcYhfiZR— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) January 18, 2021
After putting in a lot of manpower, the officers were able to get the cow elk out of the pool. It took a few attempts to get her out, as she was stressed from the event and naturally doesn't trust humans. You can see more footage of the rescue courtesy of CPW NE Region.
To get the elk out of this pool in Loveland, they got straps around her and then the wildlife officers and @LovelandFRA firefighters pulled it out. It took a few attempts to get her out.— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) January 18, 2021
Wildlife officers estimated she weighed 500 pounds. pic.twitter.com/xfsJt3MFT0
"Wildlife officers said the elk should be just fine. After being pulled from the pool, the elk took a little time to recover before running off. A wildlife rescue with great gratitude to Loveland Fire and Rescue Authority's assistance to help get the job done," CPW tweeted.
Give a shoutout to the great teamwork by both the CPW officers and the Loveland firefighters in the comments.