Elk Spotted in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) An adult elk has been spotted on a trail within the Topeka city limits.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports Topeka resident Dan Byl has a trail camera on his property that captured two images this month of the large animal. He says at first he didn’t believe it could be an elk because the nearest elk herd is 60 miles away at Fort Riley.

So he sent the photos to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, which confirmed he had captured images of a bull elk.

Matt Peek, elk program coordinator for KDWPT, says it’s rare for elk to be in Topeka, but elk can move a long distance. He says Kansas has about 300 elk, and the last time an elk reached Topeka was in 2001.