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.
She joined her calf and the rest of the herd when she woke up.