The Michigan DNR had to put down a 500 pound bull elk late last month, after it blocked a snowmobile trail in Otsego County and became aggressive toward anybody approaching him. According to, Sgt. Mark DePew, the DNR officer who put the bull down, suspected that the elk was suffering from brainworms - a parasite common to whitetail deer, but one that rarely causes problems. Sgt DePew cautions that any wild animal NOT showing a healthy fear of humans should be a sign that you need to be cautious around it and not get too close.

Here's the story, with a helpful photo of how the DNR checks for brainworm. So, you've been warned.


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