Hundreds Of Stampeding Elk Hold Up Traffic In Eastern Oregon

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David Frost

Sometimes nature can bring you to a dead stop, whether you like it or not.

The silver lining is that this kind of traffic beats your typical gridlock any day of the week. I guarantee you that you’ve never stopped to admire the hundreds of cars in front of you, but you’d likely be happy to put the car in park to watch hundreds of elk stampede across the road.

Animal-induced traffic is more common than you think. If you don’t believe me, you are welcome to check into this traffic jam that was caused by bison, or feel free to watch this video of a parade of elk running across a Montana highway. When you live out in the nature, you’re obviously more likely to cross paths with it. Or in this case, have your path stopped.

This couple was driving in Eastern Oregon when it looked like a moving roadblock was forming up ahead. They slowly brought their vehicle to a stand still, not because they wanted to, but because they didn’t really have any other choice.

Bull elk and cow elk ran together in an endless stream as they jumped one fence, crossed the road and then launched themselves over the fencing on the other side. Most of the wild animals did it with ease, while others had to recalculate and refocus in order to make the jump and continue on with the herd.

All the people filming could do was get comfortable and watch the beauty of nature play out right in front of their eyes. As can you, since they were kind enough to get it on camera (and provide a little commentary).

Check it out:

Just amazing stuff right there.

And if you were wondering if that’s a normal amount of elk to be included in a herd, let’s just say it’s not out of the ordinary. Herds have been known to be made up by around 400 elk, especially during the summer months.

That’s when the male and female elk come together to form one group like the one you can see in action in the footage above.

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