SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The state Conservation Department is investigating a dead bull elk that was found mutilated in southeastern Missouri.
The agency said Wednesday in a statement that the male was one of about 130 animals that are a part of the department’s efforts to restore the elk population.
The Conservation Department says the elk appears to have been shot. Its skull plate and antlers were removed with a chain saw.
A hiker who saw the animal in an area along the Current River notified conservation agents Tuesday.
Never miss a local story.
The carcass now is in an agency research center in Columbia.
The Conservation Department is seeking additional information.