- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - State wildlife officials are encouraging residents to avoid an elk that’s been wandering around in Boise backyards for more than a week.

KTVB-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2mH1qz0) Monday that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the female elk is in rough shape and needs space. Officials are hoping she will make her way back to the foothills soon.

With record-breaking snow in Idaho foothills and mountains, residents are seeing more wildlife come down to lower elevations to survive.

The department expects survival rates for deer and elk to decline soon, as animals are more likely to succumb to winter kill during late winter or early spring.

Officials have been monitoring the elk strolling around Boise for about 10 days, and say she has not yet posed a public hazard.

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Information from: KTVB-TV, http://www.ktvb.com/

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