Last night, Tuesday January 3rd, we had over 300 elk move in again. They stayed most of the day. I have a video to share with you at the bottom of the post. My husband was up until 6:30 am trying to keep them out our haystacks. Normally we don’t have hay here this time of the year, except what we feed our own animals. It is usually already shipped out to the dairy’s. But then 2016 was not really a normal year.
A Hawk watching the Elk
Some of our neighbors have elk fences around their haystacks so the elk cannot jump into them. They put an elk fence up around the haystack behind us this past summer. They keep hay there through the winter to feed their cows. The elk never came into our fields until 2 years ago. Now for some reason they have changed their winter habits and come visit us. (Must be our awesome hay!) 🙂
We really don’t mind them hanging out in the field, but when you spend all night keeping them out of the hay, they are not so much fun. They are also a little hard on our fences and wheel lines you will see in the video.
This morning, Wednesday January 4th, our field was full of Elk. Around noon they split up into 3 herds. It was fun to watch the last herd that stayed behind. A cow had gone with the second herd and then she noticed that her herd didn’t follow. She came back and looked over the fence, like aren’t you coming. Eventually she jumped back into the field with her herd.
Hey are you coming?
The first herd to leave went back towards the mountain and bedded down in the trees. The wind was blowing really hard and it was snowing with a bit of a ground blizzard. The second herd went to the next fence line maybe over 3/4 a mile away and bedded down. The herd in our field bedded down on our fence line, about 1/4 mile away.
In the afternoon the herd in our field started to move around and eat. That is when Fish and Game started to move them back up the mountain. I took a video because I really like to watch the elk move. I thought I would share it with you.