RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Wind Cave National Park officials say a cow elk was shot in the park to recover a malfunctioning radio collar.

Officials at the park in southwestern South Dakota say that biological science technician Duane Weber used a .30-06 rifle on Friday to kill the cow elk, which was wearing a radio collar that carried two years' worth of electronic information that marked the elk's travels.

Park officials tell the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/131wcpv ) that the collar had failed to disconnect from the elk's neck on radio command.

Officials say Weber could not get close enough to the animal to use a tranquilizer gun.

Park officials say tooth, blood and other samples were taken from the elk for research purposes. The animal's carcass was left in the park to decompose.

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