Elk Death Mystery Solved

Cheyenne, WY – A cause has finally been identified for the deaths of nearly 300 elk near Rawlins recently. The Game and Fish Department says a plant that's part fungus and part alga is responsible. The plant is a lichen known that is abundant in desert soils around the state. A department release says this past weekend, tests revealed that the lichen was indeed the cause of the strange affliction of the elk deaths.