Herd of 41 elk die after falling through ice

A herd of elk make their way across a snowy ridge near Highway 21 Thursday Jan. 1, 2009 just outside of Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)**MANDATORY CREDIT: GREG KRELLER/IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE**

RICHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say dozens of elk are dead after the herd fell through the ice at a reservoir in eastern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a Facebook post that 41 elk died Tuesday on the Powder River arm of Brownlee Reservoir.

The Baker City Herald reports someone who lives near the reservoir called to report the incident. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Brian Ratliff told the newspaper the elk were trying to cross the reservoir from the north side when the ice broke in four places.

Officials drove to the area to see if it was possible to save any of the elk or salvage meat, but Ratliff said neither option was possible.

The reservoir is about 260 miles east of Portland.