Conservation officers worked to free an elk after it became trapped in a private zipline on Vancouver Island over the weekend.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) says the incident occurred in Youbou, on the north shore of Cowichan Lake.

Officers were able to sedate and then free the elk. The BCCOS says the incident serves as a reminder to property owners to manage items on their lots that could injure or trap wildlife.

According to the University of Victoria, there are over 3,000 Roosevelt Elk on Vancouver Island.

In December and April of 2020, multiple elk were found poached or illegally killed in the Lake Cowichan area.

Poachers and polluters can be reported to the 24-hour BCCOS hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

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