Lincoln, Neb. – The shooting of a bull elk on Oct. 20 in a southeast Lincoln residential neighborhood was necessary to prevent personal or property damage from occurring, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Not only was the elk injured, contributing to its unpredictability, it had wandered into Lincoln during the late-afternoon rush hour, putting school children, pedestrians and motorists at risk. The elk was estimated to weigh at least 800 pounds.

The elk was one of many that have been sighted in southeast Nebraska in recent weeks. “Elk movement this time of year is likely attributed to the current breeding season and young bulls being driven out of elk ranges by older mature bulls,” said Kit Hams, Game and Parks’ big game program manager.

The elk population in Nebraska is approximately 2,500. It continues to grow, causing elk to seek new territories. Hunters harvest about 200 elk a year in Nebraska.

“With the firearm deer season approaching, hunters should be aware of the presence of bull elk in Nebraska and should positively identify the animal they are intending to shoot,” Hams said.

Wildlife and law enforcement officials shot the elk near South 27th Street, south of Old Cheney Road.

Elk sightings should be reported to your nearest Game and Parks office.

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