Interesting case, sounds like all involved have been doing some great forensic/research work.
However I find it odd that the elk were ingesting the lichen in the first place considering that it is in the soil. Perhaps a long dry winter was driving them to eat stuff they normally don't in high quantities.
It is good to know it is something common causing the issue. Speculation was running wild that it was human poisoning, some new form of cwd, a new diesease, alien abuduction, etc.... I had even read people theorizing that the elk in true lemming style had just "run themselves to death".
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