- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. (AP) - The state Conservation Department is investigating a dead bull elk that was found mutilated in southeastern Missouri.

The agency said Wednesday in a statement that the male was one of about 130 animals that are a part of the department’s efforts to restore the elk population.

The Conservation Department says the elk appears to have been shot. Its skull plate and antlers were removed with a chain saw.

A hiker who saw the animal in an area along the Current River notified conservation agents Tuesday.

The carcass now is in an agency research center in Columbia. The Conservation Department is seeking additional information.

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