A western Washington elk looked for a meal in the wrong place.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife went to the rescue Thursday of an elk with a cooler lid stuck around its neck after several people reported the elk near Dosewallips State Park.
Fish and Wildlife, with a state park ranger and a Jefferson County deputy sheriff, used radiotelemetry to locate the animal in a herd of 30 elk.
The elk was sedated with a dart and the lid removed while she was asleep, according to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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She joined her calf and the rest of the herd when she woke up.