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Bull elks relocated after being spotted in Salt Lake City

Jan 16, 2023, 4:09 PM
The elks roaming the streets of Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake City Police Department)...
The elks roaming the streets of Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake City Police Department)
(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — Wildlife officials have relocated two bull elks that were seen wandering the neighborhood near Liberty Park over the weekend.

Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources told KSL that the pair, who they named ‘David’ and ‘Goliath’, has been roaming around 1200 South 1200 East since Saturday evening.

Officials said the two elks were tranquilized by their officers on Monday around noon and were relocated to Utah County.

The elks roaming the streets of Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake City Police Department) The elks roaming the streets of Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake City Police Department) The elks roaming the streets of Salt Lake City. (Courtesy: Michael Powell) One of the elks waiting to be released from the trailer. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) "David" and "Goliath" waiting to be released from the trailer. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) One of the two elks sleeping in the trailer to Utah County. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) The shaved off elk antlers. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) One of the two elks sleeping in the trailer to Utah County. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Both elk’s antlers were sawed off to fit the elks inside the trailer, but DWR said the antlers were about to shed off anyways.

Salt Lake City Police tweeted about the elk pair on Sunday, asking residents not to approach them and to call them so they could notify DWR.

Police believe the pair visited the valley because of the fresh salt on the roads.

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Bull elks relocated after being spotted in Salt Lake City