7 elk killed, 3 vehicles wrecked on highway near Satsop

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SATSOP, Wash. —

Three cars were badly damaged and seven elk killed on a highway near Satsop in Grays Harbor County Monday night.

The Washington State Patrol said no people were injured in the collision at 9 p.m. but all three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

The vehicles, two pickups and an SUV, plowed into the herd that was trying to cross the highway.

Trooper Russ Winger said elk are occasionally hit on Olympic Peninsula highways, but that number of animals killed at one time was unusual.

State Fish and Wildlife spokesman Craig Bartlett said two wildlife agents euthanized seven injured animals. The carcasses were donated to area Indian tribes.

 Bartlett said a herd of 75-100 elk roams the area but it's unknown how many were on the highway at the time.