ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police responded to reports of at least 4 elk being shot near Ellensburg Tuesday morning.
When the officers arrived on scene they detained two men who had already field dressed two elk cows.
During the interview, the men confessed to shooting into the elk herd with a semi-automatic rifle.
Officers searched the area and found two more dead elk nearby.
The officers recovered more than a dozen spent shells, but determined the men didn't maliciously shoot more animals than they should have.
The men's firearms were seized and the elk were donated to a local mission.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife said charges for exceeding the bag limit and party hunting will be filed.