Two young male elk were taken from the City of Sheridan Elk Pasture last week. Game and Fish Department Information Specialist, Warren Mischke.
The two males selected for removal this year were safely tranquilized Wednesday morning. The operation was a surprise to the general public for the safety of the animals and Game and Fish experts carrying out the task.
Wildlife biologists obtained a blood sample to confirm the animals were healthy before re-releasing them into the wild. Though they were born into captivity, Mischke said they will have no problem surviving in the wild.
Mischke says the City of Sheridan can keep only three elk in the pasture. Right now, it's back down to one bull and two cows.