He was first spotted early this morning, running down Broadway Avenue. (Snort! Snort!) Soon afterwards, he was seen in one of the riverside parks. (A favorite area for local cyclists.) He almost certainly came downstream from the hills northeast of town. A yearling bull elk, estimated to be 400-450 pounds. He was later spotted in the brush near Albertson Park. (I see deer down there frequently - especially in winter. But I s'pose a 100-pound deer isn't as threatening as a 400-pound elk.)
The cops and Fish and Game people chased him around town for awhile. Eventually they cornered him near Curtis and Cassia around noon time. (That's maybe 1/2 mile from my front door.)
When you come up against the Boise Police Department... you're gonna have a bad day. "Hasta la vista, baby!" "Do ya feel lucky... PUNK? Well... doya?" "I fought the law, and the law won." Etc.
According to reports, the cops shot him twice with a handgun, "to stop it so Fish and Game officials could tranquilize the animal."
Now, I'm no hunter... but after you've shot a critter a couple times, is there really any point in wasting a tranquilizer dart?
Yeah, he's dead meat now. (But keep those guns locked 'n' loaded - citizens are reporting more elk sightings.)
Idaho Statesman story can be linked to HERE.