Amorous elk shunned from cow ranch for inappropriate advances 0
The amorous nature of one elk had become a hot, heavy and dangerous sight near the community of 100 Mile House, B.C., where motorists would clog the highway to watch the beast get busy with, of all things, cows.
B.C. conservation officers recently tranquilized the 500-kg animal for relocation away from 100 Mile House, about 200 km north of Kamloops, and the cattle he was being intimate with this summer.
He had, it seems, fallen in love in a hopeless place.
“Different sort of breed, that guy,” joked Greg Messner, who tends the herd of cattle the elk became so familiar with.
Messner first noticed the beast about three years ago standing atop a meadow, eyeing his cows. It disappeared only to return in 2011.
“And then this year, there he was, right in the middle of it, doing his thing.”
At first, Messner had mixed feelings watching an elk mate with his cows.
“It’s kind of like your best friend getting a girlfriend, and you find out it’s your wife,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if I should be happy with him or shoot him.”
Messner tried shooing the beast away several times but the determined animal kept wandering back for more.
“It was like last call on a Friday night — he just didn’t want to leave,” he said.
The beast became somewhat of a local celebrity and a spectacle for motorists passing on Hwy. 97.
Messner finally contacted conservation officers.
They relocated the beast and removed its alluring six-point rack, which will grow back next year — right around when Messner expects to see the animal return.