Animals rights group to host protest following elk death at Lagoon

A local animal rights activists have organized a protest after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released an animal welfare report against Lagoon. (File Photo: SBG)

(KUTV) - Local animal rights activists have organized a protest after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released an animal welfare report against Lagoon.

This reports comes five months after an incident where a young elk escaped through a hole in his enclosure and was gored by a bison in an adjacent enclosure.

The elk suffered severe injuries and had to be euthanized.

Because of the fatal outcome, Lagoon was cited with a "critical" violation in the report.

Stop Imprisoning Animals will host the protest at the Ezra T. Clark Park in Farmington at 11 a.m. on Sunday July 22, the 5-month anniversary of the elk's death.

From there, the protesters will walk to the entrance of Lagoon's parking lot.

Following the demonstration, the group will then walk to the site of the death and lay flowers in memoriam.

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