A rough day for this ol’ bull elk… those fences seem just to have it out for them some days.
Bull elk are one of the largest species of deer, with adults weighing between 700 and 1,000 pounds and standing between 5 and 6 feet tall at the shoulder. One of the most distinctive features of bull elk is their antlers, which are used for display during mating season and for battles with other bulls. The size and shape of bull elk antlers can vary depending on a number of factors, including genetics, age and nutrition.
Bull elk antlers typically grow in an annual cycle, with the growth beginning in the spring and the antlers fully developed by the fall mating season. The antlers are shed after the mating season is over during the winter months and the growth cycle begins again the following spring.
This bull elk had a series of unfortunate events while running across a farm field with his buddy.
A group of elk are seen hoping a fence line and running. The last elk in line goes to make the jump but gets hung up. Like a high school track runner eating it over the hurdles, the elk rolls over the fence and flips onto his back. And if that wasn’t bad enough, he got his large antlers lodged into the snow and ground.
Luckily, the bull wasn’t hurt, he was just stuck… we’ve unfortunately seen big bulls break their necks tripping over fences in the past. The bull elk is seen shaking around trying to get free, and one of his antlers pops right off. The other stays stuck and people watching make there over to help out the struggling animal.
They flip it over and send the bull on its way, just long enough for it to trip over the NEXT fence. OOF…
But along with a wild story, they come away with a fresh elk shed from the whole ordeal. What a wild thing to witness.