Darted Elk = Dinner for Mountain Lion
In an effort to determine what is causing the decline of the Custer State Park elk in South Dakota, elk are darted and studied. One unfortunate elk became a quick and easy dinner for a mountain lion. The Rapid City Journal has a write up about the incident. A more extensive article about the elk herd decline.
"It was a nice sunny day, and I guess that lion was sitting out there sunning itself when an elk staggers up and tips over," said Gary Brundige, resource manager in Custer State Park. "Well, what's any top-of-the-line predator going to do in a situation like that?" It killed the elk and prepared to have dinner.