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Oregon State Police flip elk stuck on its back in deep snow

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Ben Hooper
Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers help an elk that became stuck in the deep snow when it flipped onto its back. Storyful video screenshot
Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers help an elk that became stuck in the deep snow when it flipped onto its back. Storyful video screenshot

PRINEVILLE, Ore., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Oregon State Police released body camera footage of Fish and Wildlife Troopers rescuing an elk that flipped onto its back and became stuck in the deep snow.

The OSP said the troopers were patrolling in the Crooked River area, seeking illegal anglers and migratory bird hunters, when they were alerted to a bull elk stuck in the snow in Ochoco Unit, east of Prineville.

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The resident who reported the stuck elk said the animal flipped over while jumping a guardrail and became stuck in the deep snow when it landed on its back.

The video shows the troopers use rope to help the six-point elk turn over onto its feet.

The elk initially appeared to have trouble standing due to fatigue, but was able to leave the area on its town power after a few minutes, the state police said.

The state police said the time stamp on the video indicates it was recorded in 2014, but the footage was actually captured Dec. 27, 2015.

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