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Teen bullied online after mistaking elk for deer while hunting

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Abby Wilson with the elk she mistook for a buck in Boone County (Credit: Wilson Family) Abby Wilson with the elk she mistook for a buck in Boone County (Credit: Wilson Family)

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A 14-year-old girl from Festus killed an elk on Saturday thinking it was a huge buck.

“It looked like a deer because it was brown, had four legs and had antlers so the only thing I could think it would be in Missouri is a deer,” Abby Wilson said.

The high school freshman texted her dad thinking she had killed her first buck. He was nearby at a deer stand while they were hunting in Boone County, Missouri, just north of Columbia.

“I said, ‘get your butt down here’,” recalled Wilson.

She was excited and her dad, Don White, rushed over. Once he got a look at it he knew it was an elk, which shouldn’t be there. Elk haven’t been reported in this area and the closest known herd is about 200 miles away in southeast Missouri.

White immediately called the Missouri Department of Conservation. He said they asked him for a picture. Once they saw that photo White said an agent was there within an hour.

“He just couldn’t believe there was an elk in Boone County,” said White.

"We appreciate the fact when the elk was shot, as soon as they identified the elk they did report it to a conservation agent. So in this particular case, a warning was issued and the elk carcass was confiscated,” said Dan Zarlenga with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

There is no elk hunting season in Missouri.

The picture of Wilson with the elk was posted on Facebook and it got thousands of reactions. Some comments have been really critical and mean towards the teen. Others are less harsh and argue “anyone knowledgeable would be able to tell the difference between a bull elk and a buck deer”.

White said adults should know better than to bully a kid.

“I get it, you have people who think one way and think a different way, but to trash a 14-year-old what kind of person are you?” asked White.

Wilson said she learned a lesson and that’s to triple check your target, but she also got an unexpected lesson on social media.

“I don't take anything like that to heart because I know who I am and I know all those people who say those things have no idea,” said Wilson.

The elk Wilson killed is being genetically tested by the Department of Conservation to try and figure out where it came from.

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