Elk keeps authorities on the run for hours in Texas

Tranquilized bull elk in Texas.

CBS affiliate KWTX

WACO, Texas -- A bull elk kept officials on the run in downtown Waco, Texas, for seven hours before the animal was subdued and removed to a private herd.

Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says officers, game wardens and animal control officials mobilized after a resident reported seeing a moose about 6 a.m. Wednesday near his home on the southern edge of downtown.

Swanton said the animal was cornered and shot with a tranquilizer dart about 12:30 p.m. in a creek bed more than a mile from where he was first spotted. The bull elk was removed to a heard on a nearby ranch.

CBS affiliate KWTX reports that the elk had no markings, brands or tattoos indicating to whom it might belong or from where it might have come, police said

"I've seen deer at 34th and Bosque and other strange animals all over Waco but this is the first elk I know of," Swanton told KWTX.

The bull elk is estimated to be about 2 years old and about 600 pounds.