Elk Attacked At State Park

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

Just this week, an elk bull was attacked at a popular state park.

Charlie Logsdon has worked with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for years but he says he wasn't prepared for what he saw on Dewey Lake at the Jenny Wiley State Park. An elk trapped and frozen to the surface of the lake.

"He basically went down on all fours and couldn't get back up," Logsdon.

That's when he says dogs started to attack the bull elk.

"By the time we got to him, there wasn't anything we could do for him except put him down," Logsdon.

But Logsdon says an animal being chased and attacked by dogs is nothing new.

"We're not sure whether they're true wild dogs or free ranging pets but they do chase the animals through the park," Logsdon said.

Animal control officers say they think it was domesticated dogs that ran the elk onto this lake and they say the solution to this problem is simple.

"The problem can be solved by just citizens just taking care of their animals," said Animal Control Officer David Shepherd.

Now Shephard says he's ready to take care of this problem himself.

"I would like to bait this area and I have the necessary humane traps," Shepherd said.

Shephard says this topic will be on the agenda at the next fiscal court meeting.

Officials say if you see a dog roaming without tags to call your local animal control. Fish and Wildlife officials say with it being so cold this time of year, large animals will try to cross frozen lakes and if you see an animal out on the water to call them at 1-800-25-ALERT.

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