A mysterious illness has struck two large bull elk in Canmore, leaving their hind legs paralyzed and wildlife officials baffled.
“I’ve never seen it before. This is new. I don’t think a disease would hit that quick. They were fine a week ago,” said Fish and Wildlife officer Dave Dickson.
One of the elk had to be euthanized Monday after it was found lying on the ground behind an unfinished mansion and the Silvertip Golf Course.
Dickson is asking for assistance from the public, saying that while the cause is unknown, it’s possible the elk ingested a toxic substance because there are no other signs of trauma and the two sick animals often graze together.