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RAWLINS, Wyo. — State game managers have pushed a herd of about 1,000 elk south and away from Interstate 80 near Rawlins, citing rail and highway traffic and the threat of harmful lichens.

Wyoming Game and Fish agents moved the herd last weekend using snowmobiles. Officials say eating the lichens can paralyze the elk, leading to their deaths.

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Game and Fish warden Kim Olson says most of the herd wasn't visible from I-80 west of Rawlins, but at least four elk have been struck and killed by vehicles.

Olson says the herd drifted farther north than usual, driven by wind, snow and ice storms.

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