Pair of elk remain on the loose

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.--- On Labor Day, three elk broke through a fence on a farm in West Wichita, prompting several calls to 911.

"One went into the neighborhood and one went back to the ditch, but it was going back and forth across the highway and they're going to get hit. They're very large like moose," said a caller.

The Wichita Animal Control Department does not have the ability to tranquilize an animal as large as an elk. Sedgwick County Zoo and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in Wichita were contacted to assist when one elk was spotted in a backyard.

Staff tried to tranquilize the animal, but their dart hit the bone and it did not work. The elk led officers on a chase that ended near Kellogg and I-235, where Kansas Highway Patrol troopers shot the animal.

"You strike any object that weighs 800 pounds at 50-60 mph, there's going to be significant damage and could be injuries to the occupants, so that was our concern," said Lt. Steve Kenney, Wichita Police.

According to City of Wichita code ordinances, an animal like an elk can be raised within city limits, as long as the owner pays a $100 permit and provides one acre per animal.

For a link to the Wichita animal codes, click here.

For a link to the Wichita Animal Maintenance Permit application and information sheet, click here.

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