Kansas trooper kills elk that escaped in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas authorities have fatally shot an escaped elk inside Wichita city limits after it eluded officers for hours.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper killed the female elk on Monday afternoon after it and two others escaped from a farm that morning. Authorities tried but failed to hit the animal with a tranquilizer dart. They say they shot it to keep it from running into a busy intersection.

The animal traveled about 5 miles through city streets and residents’ backyards before it was shot.

Its owner tells KWCH-TV he planned to butcher the elk at the end of the year. He says they likely broke through the fence after being spooked by dove hunters.

Authorities are searching for the other elk.

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