WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Mark David, 66, was killed by an elk he had shot with a bow and arrow the day before.
- David returned Sunday to collect the injured elk, but the animal killed him when it gored the man through the neck.
- The elk was butchered and its meat donated to the Tillamook County Jail.
In Western Oregon, a weekend hunting trip turned deadly for 66-year-old Mark David. The man from Hillsboro, Oregon, died after he was gored by an elk which he had shot with an archery bow the day before.
According to a report by the Statesman Journal, David had gone bow hunting on Saturday on private property around 60 miles west of Hillsboro near the coast, outside of Tillamook.
He managed to successfully shoot a 5×5 elk, however, David was not able to find the animal before nightfall and made the decision to look for it again the following day.
The next day, David returned to the property and was joined by the property’s owner to find and collect the animal. They successfully pinpointed the wounded elk’s location at about 9:15 in the morning, said Oregon State Police to the Statesman Journal.
Fate took a deadly turn and the elk charged at David when he tried to finish the animal. The elk managed to gore the man in the neck with its antlers.
The Oregon State Police said in a statement to the Statesman Journal that the landowner tried to help the injured David, however, the hunter’s injuries were fatal and he died.
According to the outlet, after the conduction of an investigation, the elk was killed and butchered. Its meat was donated to the Tillamook County Jail.