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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Officials capture Elliott the elk after he befriends hunters

Camden Chadwick, front, and Hunter Chadwick pose with Elliott the elk at their hunting camp in Bear Valley, Idaho. The elk, which was habituated to humans in Sweet, spent the archery season opening weekend at the Chadwicks’ camp. (COURTESY OF TREVOR CHADWICK)
Camden Chadwick, front, and Hunter Chadwick pose with Elliott the elk at their hunting camp in Bear Valley, Idaho. The elk, which was habituated to humans in Sweet, spent the archery season opening weekend at the Chadwicks’ camp. (COURTESY OF TREVOR CHADWICK)
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BOISE – An elk named Elliott who befriended archery elk hunters at an Idaho campground has been captured by state officials who are looking for a permanent home for him.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Evin Oneale told the Idaho Statesman that Elliott was captured last week in central Idaho.

Officials say someone bottle-fed Elliott as a calf earlier this year near the town of Sweet and he became habituated to humans.

Fish and Game captured and relocated Elliott to central Idaho hoping he would join an elk herd in the area, but he instead chose to be with people.

Hunter Trevor Chadwick said Elliott greeted him and other elk hunters at their campsite.

Chadwick says hunters didn’t want to shoot Elliott because he was tame and it wouldn’t be ethical.

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