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Bull elk euthanized: roadkill or overkill?

WILDLIFE -- After a motorcyclist was chased by a bull elk near Ovando, Mont., (see video above)  Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks officers euthanized the animal a few days ago.

Certainly the animal was posing a danger to high-speed traffic on Highway 200.

While the bull was in the rut -- and that likely changed his behavior short term -- it's also been reported that people were giving it food along the highway, which likely aggravated the problem.

In case you still haven't got the message repeat in often by wildlife experts and in this blog: FEEDING WILD ANIMALS KILLS THEM.

See a TV news report after the bull was killed.

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Rich Landers
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