UPDATE: Search continues for 2 elk in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. -- If you thought you saw an elk walking around Wichita on Labor Day, you're not alone.

It all started at 10 a.m. when the three elk broke through their owners fence on a farm in Wichita. Residents watched an elk go through their neighborhood.

"I heard a clop, clop, clop coming down the street and I said what in the world is that," said Eugene Long. "It wasn't a horse, I thought it was an antelope."

It traveled more than a mile south and got lost in multiple backyards.

"It jumped over the fence on 16th Street between a couple houses and it kept going back in forth," said Long. "Jumping the fence, stepping over the fence, more or less."

The elk cornered herself in a backyard as the whole neighborhood came to watch. Police decided to tranquilize the animal because they are too dangerous to approach, but that didn't go as planned. Police said the dart hit the elk's bone and didn't work as she fled the neighborhood. Neighbors said they were frightened when the elk got away.

"I'm a little freaked out," said Nicole Hand. "What if it comes charging at us? They're running loose, they're running wild."

The elk led officers on a lengthy chase, crossing several busy streets to a big ditch near I-235. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper shot the elk before she got to Kellogg and Dugan during rush hour. They added that human safety always comes first.

The other two elk are still on the loose. Police ask people to call 911 if they see the elk.


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