A 14-year-old Missouri girl spotted giant antlers and pulled the trigger, thinking she had just nabbed a white-tailed buck, only to discover the animal was an elk — an innocent mistake that some social media users have bullied her about, her father said.
Abby Wilson was hunting in Boone County when she spotted an animal with antlers and brown fur Saturday, Springfield News-Leader reported Monday. She fired her rifle, shooting and killing what she thought was a buck.
“She called her dad, who was hunting nearby, and her dad realized it was an elk,” Tom Strother, protection regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said. “The dad called our agent in Boone County, Adam Doerhoff, and said, ‘We think we just shot an elk.’”