MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Authorities say an elk was found dead in northern Wisconsin after it ate corn put out by a landowner in a misguided attempt to help wildlife.
The Department of Natural Resources said the animal found dead on Jan. 2 died from rumen acidosis. The condition affects deer and elk when their diet is changed too rapidly.
The elk, a young bull, was part of a contingent of animals transferred from Kentucky to Wisconsin in April. It had been released in the Flambeau River State Forest. Authorities say the landowner was not cited for a violation but has pledged a donation to the state's elk program.