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Several elk hit by train in southeastern Idaho

February 11, 2020 GMT

DINGLE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Fish and Game officials say a small group of elk were hit by a train in rural Bear Lake County over the weekend.

Conservation officers said 11 elk were killed in the collision near Dingle early Sunday morning. Two others were injured and had to be dispatched by wildlife managers. The salvageable meat was donated to members of the community, Fish and Wildlife officials said.

Such incidents are uncommon in southeastern Idaho, though this is the second incident in the area in a little over a year. In January 2019, about 30 elk were killed by a train traveling between Montpelier and Soda Springs.

Earlier this month, about 45 pronghorn were killed and another 19 were injured and had to be put down by wildlife managers in a train collision north of Hamer in eastern Idaho.