Laramie, Wy – A mystery still surrounds the death of 280 elk near Rawlins. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is investigating and has ruled out all likely causes. Tom Reed from the agency says stress or running is a possibility, but is not the leading suspect. He says right now nothing stands out as a probable cause, though they are still looking into toxins and a virus as possibilities. He says the theory that they were run to death is being overblown.
Reed adds they are seeing some healthy elk in the area where the other animals have died. There is no word on when the department will determine a cause of death.