According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials, this is the fourth attempt to help a four-year-old elk weigh about 270kg.
Authorities said they had to cut its five-point horn to calm the elk and remove the tire because it could not cut steel in the tire bead.
“We would have preferred to cut the tire and drop the horns, but the situation was dynamic and we had to remove the tire in any way,” Officer Scott Murdoch told the agencies.
Officials estimate that the tire weighs about 16kg, but the elk surprisingly suffered no serious injuries. “The hair is slightly rubbed, a small open wound may be a nickel or a quarter, but it looks good,” Mr Murdoch told the Associated Press.
He adds: “I was really shocked to see how good it looked.”
Authorities were able to locate the elk that escaped after residents reported its location near Pine Junction in downtown Denver.
“I am very fortunate to work in a community that values our state’s wildlife resources,” said Mr Murdoch’s co-officer Dawson Swanson.
“I was able to quickly respond to a local resident’s report about seeing this bull elk recently in their neighborhood. I was able to locate the bull in question with about 40 other elk herds.
Due to the fall, the elk was spotted alongside a large bull — which was easily spotted, officials said.
The elk was first spotted in the Mount Evans Forest in 2019 in the Wildlife Population Survey for the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat.
Although this elk is free, wildlife such as deer, elk and bears are often caught in a bunch of other items such as swing sets, hammock, clothes and volleyball traps, officials said.