Escaped Elk Not Diseased
Laramie, Wy – A spokesman for Idaho Governor Jim Risch says Risch will not apologize for ordering an emergency hunt in September. That's despite news the elk tested negative for disease.
Risch signed ordered the destruction of an estimated 160 domesticated elk that escaped in August from a private hunting preserve.
It is close to Yellowstone National Park and some feared the escaped elk could spread disease and pollute the gene pool of wild elk in the park and surrounding areas including in Wyoming.
Tests on 36 of the escaped elk killed have tested negative for chronic wasting disease, brucellosis, tuberculosis and red deer hybrid genes.
The owner of the preserve says he plans to sue the state over the emergency hunt, which he says put him out of business.