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Elk herd dies

Dozens are dead after falling through ice
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Posted at 9:00 AM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 11:00:57-05

Dozens of elk are dead after officials say the herd fell through ice at a reservoir in eastern Oregon Wednesday morning.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a Facebook post that 41 elk died Tuesday on the Powder River arm of Brownlee Reservoir.

The Baker City Herald reports  someone who lives near the reservoir called to report the incident. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Brian Ratliff told the newspaper the elk were trying to cross the reservoir from the north side when the ice broke in four places.

Officials drove to the area to see if it was possible to save any of the elk or salvage meat, but Ratliff said neither option was possible.

The reservoir is about 40 miles east of Baker City.