5 Kentucky elk brought to Wisconsin die of tick disease

Elk Brought to Wisconsin from KY
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says five elk recently transferred to the state from Kentucky have died from a tick-borne disease.

The agency said Monday the elk died last month in a quarantine pen in Jackson County. The dead elk included one adult cow, which carried an unborn calf, and four yearlings.

The DNR says the animals died of a disease caused by parasites spread by ticks, including the deer tick.

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State wildlife officials presume the elk were bitten by ticks after their arrival in Wisconsin. The dead animals were part of a shipment of 26 elk brought to Wisconsin in late March as part of a reintroduction effort.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the elk are being held until they complete a quarantine, probably in early June.