WI DNR: Elk died because landowner put out corn for it to eat

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say an elk was found dead in northern Wisconsin after it ate corn put out by a landowner in a misguided attempt to help wildlife.

The Department of Natural Resources said the animal found dead on Jan. 2 died from rumen acidosis. The condition affects deer and elk when their diet is changed too rapidly.

The elk, a young bull, was part of a contingent of animals transferred from Kentucky to Wisconsin in April. It had been released in the Flambeau River State Forest.

Authorities say the landowner was not cited for a violation but has pledged a donation to the state’s elk program.

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