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.