Have you ever seen this many elk at one time?
We see videos of traveling elk herds all the time. Elk have a way of offering time-stopping spectacles with their physical size, herd size and generally beautiful backdrops. However, we've never seen an elk herd quite like this.
Perhaps it's the vast nature of this prairie that allows us to see the such a large portion of the herd. Maybe it's the the single-file formation they assume as they travel. But what is for sure, is that you don't see something like this often.
In a video posted to the Idaho Transportation Department Facebook page, we see hundreds--maybe thousands--of elk crossing a side road east of Interstate 15 just a few miles north of Fort Hall. Fortunately, a Shoshone-Bannock Transportation Department employee was there to capture the moment.
Watch the video below:
Large elk heard crossing a side road just East of I-15 about 4.5 miles north of Fort Hall. Video taken by an employee of the Shoshone-Bannock Transportation Department. Watch for elk crossing on the Interstate and local and state roadways! Drive safe y'all! #elkcrossing #shobandot #drivesafeShoshone-Bannock Transportation
Posted by Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) on Monday, March 18, 2019
If you were taking your best guess, how many elk do you think are visible in the video alone? From what it looks like, that line of elk goes beyond the field of view, so who knows how long it actually is?
I'd guess there are easily over 1,000 total, though. That's a healthy herd. However, doesn't it make you wonder where all those animals were during hunting season when you didn't hear or see a thing?
This is one of the busiest travel times for elk out west. So, if you're driving through any of the Rocky Mountain states, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for elk.
If you're lucky, you'll have the privilege of seeing something as cool as this.
Thanks to the ITD for sharing such a cool video!