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Elk escapes in west Wichita

Elk escapes in west Wichita

By Associated Press . CREATED Sep 2, 2014

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 the roadway on Kellogg near Hoover Road.

The animal traveled about 5 miles through city streets and residents' backyards along the Big Ditch near I-235.  

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 have been searching for the other two elk.