To kill any animal just for the sake of killing it is wrong. An elk is a food source and, for some, the kill also involves an offering of thanks, as well as tobacco. [some understand that] I hope they get the jerks who shot these elk and left them to bleed out. Sad.

'The apparent poaching of two bull elk in Wind Cave National Park earlier this week has prompted a federal-state investigation that will likely offer a cash reward for information that helps catch the culprits.

"It's a bad thing," park spokesman Tom Farrell said Wednesday. "We'll do what we can to bring these people to justice."

The elk appeared to have been shot and left to die along a scenic dirt road in the 33,000-acre park, which is noted for its accessible herds of elk and other wildlife.'

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