Here's Fish and Game spokesperson Mike Keckler: "When people get this close to a wild animal, the stress not only creates potential harm to the animal and to the public. The increased adrenaline can also make it difficult to tranquilize an animal. This situation created a risk to the elk and to people living and driving in the area. It was clear the best solution would be to relocate the elk, which eventually returned to the vacant lot to feed."
Authorities were able to keep people, their dogs and cars at a distance, and the elk eventually bedded down. A Fish and Game veterinarian took this opportunity to dart the elk with tranquilizers. With the help of Garden City Police and Fish and Game employees, Conservation Officer Rob Brazie loaded the elk into a horse trailer and drove it to a location north of Horseshoe Bend where it was released unharmed.