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Motorist hits elk


September 21, 2011
A young bull elk was hit by a vehicle near Milltown early Sunday morning and another elk was spotted nearby.

According to Indiana conservation officers, the incident happened at the Crawford-Harrison County line on S.R. 64.

"The vehicle that actually hit the elk, about 2 a.m., left the scene before officers arrived," Conservation Officer Dennis Talley said. "It was hit on the bridge at the county line. It was a fairly young bull, with two points on one side of his rack and four points on the other. Two Crawford County deputies responded to the incident and had to put the elk down due to extensive injuries."

Talley and Conservation Officer Cora Showalter both agreed that there have been few elk sightings in the area in the past.

"Just in the last couple of weeks, we've had reports of sightings around Spring Mill and Chambersburg," Showalter said. "There is a farm near Hardinsburg where elk are kept, but their animals are well-marked with ear tags, and they reported that their animals are all accounted for."

The officers plan to continue their investigation in an attempt to determine where the elk came from and how many may be in the area.

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