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Officials respond to Gearhart elk in distress

Tomato cage, volleyball net hinder Gearhart elk
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 20, 2017 8:53AM

Last changed on November 20, 2017 10:00AM

Elk with netting in Gearhart.

Neal Maine

Elk with netting in Gearhart.


GEARHART — Residents were distressed after seeing elk encumbered by a tomato cage and a volleyball net over the past few weeks, enough so to contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to find a remedy.

A bull with a volleyball net on its horns and a cow with the metal cage were reported and photographed throughout the community.

The elk with the tomato cage appears to have shucked it free, wildlife biologist Herman Biederbeck of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. “We can’t seem to find an elk with that thing on it anymore.”

The bull with the volleyball net transferred the remnants of the net to another bull, which was subsequently legally harvested by an elk hunter with a Saddle Mountain tag, the department reported. The bull that originally had the net in its antlers is now walking around free of any adornments.

“It appears like we have no more issues,” Biederbeck said.



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