Elk rescue

Parks Canada staff free elk caught in Banff swingset.

“We were able to successfully immobilize the elk and we cut the chains to release it,” said resource management specialist Ron LeBlanc.

An elk getting caught in swings is a rarity but the animals have been known to rub their antlers against playground equipment.

The last time an elk was in a similar situation was over a decade ago when one was caught while being attacked by another elk.

“We’re going to talk to the town about the possibility of removing the swings in certain areas during certain seasons,” LeBlanc said, noting the winter and fall rut are times when they could be removed.

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