Bull in a Hole and Other Elk Oddities
Over the years, we have had sent in or heard about a variety of animal and hunting mishaps. Many of these turn out to be wildly imaginative or a classic fish tale that just keeps getting bigger and better. However sometimes the stories are true. Here is a collection of more recent elk oddities.
1.) Bull in a hole. Somewhere in San Juan County is a hole large enough to swallow an elk whole. As this article states: ...the elk was basically hanging by its antlers. They estimate that the elk had been dead about a week before it was discovered. Officials add that the digging around the hole may have been caused by predators trying to get to the carcass.
Watch where you step!
2.) Sometimes bulls get locked antlers. Sometimes bulls get their antlers wrapped in barbwire. Unfortunately these two managed to do both at the same time. This article over at the Glenwood Post Independent quotes Colorado DOW Wildlife Manager Perry Will stating “The way they were wrapped up, it looked like they started sparring through a fence and just got caught up in the barbed wire.”
3.) Bull in a ditch. Apparently this bull got into, but was not able to get out of a cement lined ditch. Fortunately after a lot of work, some good Samaritans were able to get him out. More photos and some video are available here and here.
4.) Here is a case of two bulls that got stuck together, but at least one was able to be separated. The force of the locked antlers was so great that a hack saw had to be used to separate the living from the dead. The resulting photo of the saved bull is rather comical. You can see more photos and a description here.
5.) Bull over a cliff. Every seasoned moose hunter has a story about the bull that ran off and died in a swamp making for a long, wet, and cold extraction. Compared to this extraction, the swamp looks warm and fuzzy.
Apparently this took place west of Yellowstone and the hunter made a solid lung shot, but then the bull charged toward tree line and took the long plunge. Quite possibly one of the worst extractions ever.