Elk Breakout

Dear Fellow Nature Lover -- Each time Kate and I go to the national parks in Canada we hear stories of Elk that escape the parks by rolling over the Texas Cattle Gates. I wanted to see if it was possible for an Elk to do this and get a photo of it. Many days I waited and waited...

Dear Fellow Nature Lover –

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Each time Kate and I go to the national parks in Canada we hear stories of elk that escape the parks by rolling over the Texas cattle gates.

I wanted to see if it was possible for an elk to do this and get a photo of it. Many days I waited and waited.

No elk showed up.

Maybe the elk story was an urban or rural legend.

Finally I asked Kate to pretend to be an elk and roll out of the park.

She was almost able to do it. Except she managed to get her hand caught between two of the steel bars.

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So in theory an elk could get out of the park by rolling over the Texas cattle gate. And since it has no hands it would not get stuck.

I fitted a rack and tail on Kate, hoping that she would attract some real elk.

But even after a couple of days…no luck.

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No animals were harmed in the experiment, however, I could not figure out how to free Kate.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Nutgraph Urban myth has it that elks can escape from Canadian parks.  Possibly.  I investigate.

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