Elk with plastic lawn chair around her neck
Elk: Conflict Specialists Conklin and Blankenship, along with Biologist Holman, responded to a call about a cow elk that had her head stuck in a lawn chair. The elk had been observed often feeding with her herd in downtown Packwood for approximately a week. WDFW staff was able to find the elk and immobilize her. The lawn chair was cut from the neck region. It is unlikely the elk could have removed the lawn chair. The elk did very well during the procedure and quickly joined back up with her herd. Several citizens witnessed various aspects of the task, helped locate the elk, etc. The community was appreciative of the WDFW response to this situation and glad that the elk was captured, aided, and released unharmed. Thanks to WDFW Veterinarian Dr. Mansfield for making the wildlife immobilization drug combination BAM available for use in such settings.