LONGVIEW — Washington State University last week received its first elk for a state-funded research program investigating elk hoof disease.
Researchers welcomed Salix, a five-month old bull elk, to the Pullman campus last week, according to a news release.
He will later be taken to the special, $1.2 million research center the university is building for the hoof disease program.
Salix has been kept in isolation since arriving in Pullman, and he recently underwent a “complete and thorough physical examination” to ensure he doesn’t have hoof disease or other health complications, said Charlie Powell, spokesman for the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, which oversees the research program.
Salix passed his exam with flying colors, Powell said.
“He’s about as healthy and lively as you might expect,” Powell said. “We’ve got a lot of photos of him sticking his snout in the camera lens. … He loves people.”