You hate to see it.
That was a hard fall… if the shot didn’t get him, that fall certainly did.
Elk are one of the largest members of the deer family and are found throughout North America. Bulls can weigh well over 700-pounds and cows usually around 500-pounds.
Their antlers can grow up to 5 feet in length and can weigh up to 40 pounds. The antlers are used during mating season to attract females and establish dominance over other males.
Utah is home to a healthy population of elk, with an estimated population of around 75,000 animals. The state is known for its trophy elk hunting opportunities, with many hunters coming from all over the world to hunt these impressive animals. The state manages its elk population through a combination of hunting, habitat management and conservation efforts.
This elk got himself into some trouble as he was seen spotted on the side of mountain for a few days by wildlife officials.
It’s best explained in the video.
“Utah officials kept a particular eye on this bull elk.
That bull was up on that cliff crevasse for 2 to 3 days and when they realized that bull wasn’t able to get down on its own, he became a hazard to bystanders and vehicles driving by.
They quickly realized they wouldn’t be able to tranquilize that bull safely and they needed to euthanize that bull.”
The bull is seen getting shot by the officer and then taking a tumble way down to the ground.
That makes it easy for the officers, but ultimately, it’s a reality of what happens out there.
Hopefully, the meat was put to good use.