The death of an employee at a ranch in Craig, Colorado was of natural causes and not at the antlers of popular bull elk. Clyde the bull elk faced a possible death sentence for murder, but an autopsy report cleared the falsely accused bull elk. Clyde was accused of goring to death 57–year–old John Renner on Thursday, but an autopsy showed the man died of a heart problem. Renner was on his second day on the job at Wyman Elk Ranch, about two miles east of Craig, when he died inside Clyde's pen. Renner did have minor injuries attributed to the animal, but Clyde's owner, Lou Wyman, says the nine year old elk probably just pawed at Renner after he collapsed.
Wyman says he is relieved he won't have to put Clyde down.