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Cow Elk Gets Trapped in Idaho Home Basement

Photo: Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Imagine waking up to a cow elk in your basement? For this Idaho homeowner, it wasn’t a dream, but in fact reality.

Matthew Siegel awoke around 12:45 a.m. December 1 to a crashing sound. Upon investigating, he discovered a full-size cow elk standing bewildered in his basement.

Surprisingly, the elk had fallen through a Plexiglass insert that was part of the window well.

Photo: Siegel Family

A higher than normal snow depth in the mountains is responsible for pushing elk to valley areas, and in this case, right into the home of Siegel.

Attempting to get the cow elk out of the home wasn’t an easy task. It took 2.5 hours, but with the assistance of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and Game and Fish officers, eventually the elk was herded up the stairs and out through the front door.

The trick? Barricading a path with furniture.

Photo: Blaine County Sheriff’s Office

Other than a minor cut on her neck, the elk came away from her adventure unscathed. Siegel’s basement, however, wasn’t so lucky. The window was completely destroyed and the whole area will need a good, deep cleaning.

Needless to say, it was a happy ending for this wayward elk as it was reunited with the herd that were waiting patiently across the street. I wonder if the Siegel family will be counting elk and not sheep from now on?


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Cow Elk Gets Trapped in Idaho Home Basement