Domesticated Idaho Elk Could Be Destroyed

Laramie, WY – An official says a domesticated cow elk from an eastern Idaho hunting preserve will either be destroyed, sterilized or shipped out of state after a second test
came back indicating possible red deer hybrid genes. John Chatburn of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says the
choice of what to do with the elk will be up to Rex Rammell. In August, as many as 160 elk fled Rammell's Chief Joseph
hunting preserve near Rexburg. That prompted Governor Jim Risch to order an emergency hunt, saying the elk could spread inferior genes or disease to wild herds near Yellowstone National Park.