Elk Purposely Killed At Pennsylvania Preserve

Dec 5, 2016


A bull elk grazes in a field beside Dent's Run viewing area in Benezette, Pa., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
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State police are trying to determine who intentionally killed an elk on an eastern Pennsylvania nature and wild game preserve.

Troopers from Bethlehem say the animal was found slain about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Trexler Nature Preserve.

The 1,100-acre facility is owned by Lehigh County and is next to the Lehigh Valley Zoo, about 10 miles west of Allentown. It was founded more than 100 years ago as a way to preserve endangered bison and elk herds.

Police didn't say how the elk was killed. They're investigating it as a case of animal cruelty. They believe the animal was killed sometime since Saturday.