WILDLIFE -- State officials say 28 domestic elk escaped from a hunting ranch in eastern Idaho near Yellowstone National Park but only one is unaccounted for and it’s wounded, according to the Associated Press.
Veterinarian Scott Leibsle of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says Broadmouth Canyon Ranch near Firth reported within 24 hours the Sunday escape.
States have strict rules regarding fencing and treatment of domestic elk to prevent the health and genetic influences they might have on wild elk.
Ranch owner and former NFL player Rulon Jones told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 12 elk escaped and five had to be shot. He put the loss of the five elk at $10,000.
The reason for the discrepancy in the number of escaped elk isn’t clear.
Leibsle said Wednesday the agency is waiting for a final report. He says the ranch has met all state requirements for disease testing of captive elk.