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HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says a huge bull elk that was injured last fall after becoming entangled in a fence has been euthanized as a result of the injuries.

Warden Dave Loewen says he shot the elk March 2 because an infection in its lower jaw was causing it to starve to death.

The elk with 6-by-7 antlers last fall got caught in a fence near Helena and ended up on its back pinned to the ground.

Loewen says two people freed the elk but it had a bad injury to its jaw. The elk then lived in a hay field and was monitored by wardens during the winter.

Loewen says the elk seemed to be doing fine until it shed its antlers, which were picked up by a nearby resident.

 

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