The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating the deaths of more than 100 elk discovered this week in northeastern New Mexico.
Department biologists traveled to the area in Game Management Unit 46 north of Las Vegas after the die-off was reported Tuesday morning. The biologists found at least 100 dead elk in a ½- to ¾-mile area within the same 24-hour period. Tissue samples and water samples from the area were taken and delivered to the state Veterinary Diagnostic Services laboratory for analysis.
“At this time we’re looking into all possible causes, including epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD),” said Kerry Mower, the Department’s wildlife disease specialist. “What we do know from aerial surveys is that the die-off appears to be confined to a relatively small area, and that the elk were not shot by poachers.”