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Elk Visitor

This afternoon a giant female elk loomed up in our side yard and started drinking the juice out of the bird feeders.


Her first appearance was over at the red cabin across the river from us, where one of the bird feeders was on the ground around mid-morning. We hadn't seen her at that point, so had no idea what caused that.

Then, she must have worked along the river, and stood awhile on the bridge munching on willow leaves before coming up the side yard to the back.

She is sporting an ear tag and radio tracking collar.



And is also fairly tame. We followed her around the yard, taking pictures, and she was not bothered.


My main goal was to keep her from eating the vegetable garden. She did manage to get started on the zucchini in the whiskey barrel, but we yelled, and she moved on.

Last we saw, she was leisurely headed along the streambed going east.

posted on Aug 6, 2013 2:10 PM ()


Saw some of these on FB.
comment by dragonflyby on Aug 9, 2013 1:59 PM ()
People just love seeing them in town - it's a sure thing, but in our case we might see one a year.
reply by troutbend on Aug 28, 2013 10:34 PM ()
Adding: How do we know it's a she??? Absence of antlers?
comment by tealstar on Aug 7, 2013 10:54 AM ()
Yes, no antlers, and we had a very good view of 'parts' because elk are so tall and have short hair.
reply by troutbend on Aug 28, 2013 10:27 PM ()
so what is the purpose of tracking her, particularly if no one seems to know where she is or that she is about to sugar herself into being sick? Save the elks!
comment by tealstar on Aug 7, 2013 10:54 AM ()
There are two big herds about 20 miles apart, and I think the wildlife people track them to see how much they get together and where they go when they leave town. I'm not sure how this female got separated from the herd.
reply by troutbend on Aug 28, 2013 10:33 PM ()
I love her even if she has to have her sugar fix.
comment by elderjane on Aug 6, 2013 3:23 PM ()
We had no idea, but I guess it makes sense because even horses like sugar cubes.
reply by troutbend on Aug 28, 2013 10:31 PM ()
If there is an elk around can a wolf be far behind?!?!?
And since she is being tracked why didn't the trackers get her away from the feeders? SUE!!!!!
comment by greatmartin on Aug 6, 2013 3:00 PM ()
Mountain lions! But not a big, healthy elk like this one. The next town has hundreds of tame elk and that's where they learned about bird feeders.
reply by troutbend on Aug 28, 2013 10:28 PM ()
Wow, how great is that!!
comment by steeve on Aug 6, 2013 2:32 PM ()
Nothing like the thrill of glancing out the window and seeing a huge animal right there. And the elk are so tame and docile it reminds me of my greatly-missed fox.
reply by troutbend on Aug 28, 2013 10:30 PM ()

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