Protesters band together against Lagoon on anniversary of elk death

People held signs and flowers for the deceased elk. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- It wasn't all fun and games at Lagoon when an animal protest and memorial occurred this morning.

A protest started at 11 a.m. on the 5-month anniversary of a death of an elk in one of the theme park's enclosures.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a scathing animal welfare inspection report against Lagoon, citing it with a "critical" violation (the most serious level of offense that an inspector can assess) when a young elk escaped its enclosure through a hole and was then gored by a bison in the adjacent enclosure; the elk's injuries were so severe that it was euthanized.

Protesters met at Ezra T. Clark Park in Farmington, marched to Lagoon and then laid flowers by where the elk died in memorial.

A Lagoon spokesperson told 2News the park has an excellent record on taking care of the animals and considers the elk's death a freak occurrence.

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