- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

KARTHAUS, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say suspects have been arrested in the illegal shooting of three bull elk in central Pennsylvania last month, including one of the largest bulls ever recorded in the commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Tuesday that the largest of the three bulls had a 10- by 9-point non-typical rack initially measured at 432 7/8 inches. Had the bull been legally taken, officials said, it would rank as the third-largest ever in Pennsylvania.

The commission said all three animals were illegally killed from a vehicle in the same area of Karthaus Township in Clearfield County over two nights of poaching.

Officials said the three suspects face thousands of dollars in fines if convicted, and the commission will also seek contributions toward $11,500 in replacement costs for the illegally killed elk.

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