Three elk killed as large herd moves across freeway again near Parley’s Canyon
By Kayla Baggerly,
SALT LAKE CITY ( ABC4 ) — A herd of elk near the I-80 and I-215 interchange was on the move again this morning. Three more elk were hit by vehicles on the freeway, prompting Utah Highway Patrol to remind drivers to watch out for them when traveling in that area.
“Our big concern is traffic going through here at freeway speed, so we try to get them to slow down when the herd moves toward the road. Then, when we can get the resources in place, we have to shut down the freeway and then we can get them to cross,” said UHP Trooper Fred Vincent.
This short clip shows the herd of elk strolling on I-215 this morning:
Out of the three elk hit Friday morning, two of them died. Another broke its leg and had to be euthanized. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says all the snow is bringing them down lower than usual as they are looking for food.
“It’s been several years since we’ve seen the elk down this low, but I think it’s all due to the dry winters so they stayed up in the mountains,” said Vincent.
Multiple elk were killed in the same area on Wednesday, Feb. 1, when they were crossing the I-80/I-215 interchange. Two of the elk were hit and killed prior to the closure, and two others were injured and forced to be euthanized as a result.
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