As featured in the Payson Roundup and on behalf of all who were concerned about a young bull elk that had snared a plastic garbage can rim around its neck, please be advised that it has been successfully removed.
Dave Daniels and Jeff Gagnon of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Region VI, Unit 23 North were called to Chaparral Pines in Payson on Monday, July 11, around noon because the elk was sighted. By the time they arrived the elk had drifted into the forest.
For the next eight hours these two dedicated men remained in the vicinity until another sighting was made on the 17th fairway. Escorted in a golf cart by resident Dave Kuberra who had spotted it, the two game rangers darted the animal and sawed off the plastic ring. The elk awoke and returned to the wild. These two men are to be commended for their professionalism, dedication and capability and for a job well done.
The community expresses our gratitude to them and to all who reported sightings over the past month and brought this event to a happy ending.
Mike and Barbara Reynolds