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2 bull elk shot, killed in Wind Cave National Park

RAPID CITY (AP) -- State and federal authorities are investigating the killing of two bull elk in Wind Cave National Park in southwest South Dakota.

Park spokesman Tom Farrell tells the media that it appears the elk were shot and left to die along a road late Monday or early Tuesday. He calls the incident "a tragedy and just a terrible waste."

Because of the size of the animals, a Wind Cave crew had to use a bucket loader and trailer to remove and transport the animals for further examination.

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