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Elk shot by conservation officials near Arkansas

These elk were released to the Peck Ranch Conservation Area on May 19. (Source: MDC) These elk were released to the Peck Ranch Conservation Area on May 19. (Source: MDC)
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Missouri Department of Conservation officials shot and killed an elk that wandered away from the restoration area in Carter County.

One elk was shot near the Arkansas border, according to MDC spokesperson Joe Jerek.

One of the elk that had been brought to restoration area last year had wandered away.

A woman called the conservation department reporting the animal on her land. Jerek says the elk was not causing damage, but the property owner wanted it off the land.

By the time conservation officials made it to the area, the elk had moved to a different location. The animals do wear radio collars. Jerek says they wanted to tranquilize the elk, but because of the area it was in, they could not do that.  They shot the elk instead.

The elk's body was taken back to the restoration area where a necropsy (animal autopsy) will be performed.

Over the weekend, 35 more elk were taken to the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in northwestern Carter County.

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