(DES MOINES) Wildlife biologists dispatched an elk Wednesday in Crawford County near the town of Charter Oak.
Testing is being done on the elk for chronic wasting disease (CWD), brucellosis and tuberculosis. The animal was dispatched to protect the health and welfare of the state’s deer herd and domestic livestock.
The animal was located by local deer hunters who contacted the DNR and were very helpful in keeping tabs on the animal while notification was made to the State Veterinarian’s office with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to make sure the elk was not an escapee from a local owner.
If the results are negative the meat from the animal will be processed and donated to charitable organizations.