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Stressed cow elk runs into man's dining room
Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | Jan. 31,2008 | BOBBY MAGILL

Posted on 02/01/2008 2:06:43 PM PST by GSWarrior

The Colorado Division of Wildlife may be forced to kill an elk that surprised De Beque-area outfitter David Furr when it ran inside his dining room Thursday.

“If it continues to show no fear of humans, we’re going to be forced to put it down,” DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.

An elk that had been reclining next to a fireplace on Furr’s porch sprinted for his dining room through an open door while he was bringing in firewood Thursday morning.

The animal had been hanging out around the house for about a week, Furr said, and he became concerned about its health.

While he was picking up the firewood, “it ran up into the dining room and busted (its) butt and couldn’t get up,” Furr said. “It fell down on the hardwood floor. It couldn’t stand up on that slick surface.”

Once the elk had fallen, Furr said he left the door open and put a blanket over the elk. The animal stayed on the floor for about 30 minutes before it ran back outside and huddled again by the fireplace.

Not a single piece of china was disturbed, and no furniture was touched when the elk ran inside and fell to the floor.

“Me being in the hunting business all my life, I never had an elk on my porch,” he said.

Furr said he first noticed the elk hanging around his yard about a week ago. It was leaving behind feces on his sidewalk.

“She’s obviously been coming here every night,” he said.

After the elk ran into the house Thursday, Furr called the DOW, but officers did not visit his house to investigate.

Hampton said officers did not respond to the call because they had no concerns about the elk as long as no one fed it.

“It will leave again,” he said. “It will go find food. The snow in De Beque is not at a depth where it cannot find natural forage.”

But if the elk doesn’t leave and becomes aggressive, the DOW will be forced to kill the elk, Hampton said.

Many people around Bass Lake have fed elk before, giving the elk little reason to look for natural food and encouraging them to approach humans, he said.

“The best thing this guy can do is chase it off,” Hampton said.

Furr said the elk needs help because she’s getting weaker as time goes on.

“We want to help her if we can,” he said, adding that killing the elk isn’t necessary.

“They need to be told they need a court order before they come on private property and get an elk,” Furr said. “They make plenty of money. All the elk needs is a shot of penicillin and food and water.”

Hampton said elk can be dangerous if they get too close to humans.

“These are big animals, they’re wild animals, and people need to leave them alone,” Hampton said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Colorado; Unclassified
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All your elk belong to us.
1 posted on 02/01/2008 2:06:45 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

I remember the Elk (bulls and cows) when I lived in Washington State. Hit one of those with your Camry and you’re dead.


2 posted on 02/01/2008 2:08:55 PM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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To: GSWarrior

Elk! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.


3 posted on 02/01/2008 2:09:53 PM PST by hometoroost (...the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. Galileo)
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To: GSWarrior

Counting down to pics of Hillary/Helen Thomas (get out of the thread now!!)

3...2...1...


4 posted on 02/01/2008 2:10:22 PM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: GSWarrior

An elk bit my sister.


5 posted on 02/01/2008 2:10:25 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: GSWarrior
“These are big animals, they’re wild animals, and people need to leave them alone,” Hampton said.

Makes perfect sense to me.

6 posted on 02/01/2008 2:11:03 PM PST by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: GSWarrior

This thread is worthless without pictures!


7 posted on 02/01/2008 2:11:29 PM PST by Vor Lady
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To: GSWarrior

At least it wasn’t a moose...


8 posted on 02/01/2008 2:12:49 PM PST by JoanVarga ("¿Por qué no te calles?")
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To: All
There are photos here
9 posted on 02/01/2008 2:12:51 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Has global warming stressed her out? :0)


10 posted on 02/01/2008 2:13:04 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Wandering in the wasteland of GOP RINO's.)
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To: GSWarrior

We have this problem all the time out in the “Grove.”


11 posted on 02/01/2008 2:13:23 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: Vor Lady
This thread is worthless without pictures!

Cannot dertimine guilt or innocence without them!

12 posted on 02/01/2008 2:13:47 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: GSWarrior

“Who ordered delivery?”


13 posted on 02/01/2008 2:14:38 PM PST by gridlock (Proud Romney Supporter since January 20, 2008)
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To: DannyTN

My uncle kept an elk cow as a pet for several years. She slept in the master bedroom with him and my aunt and played with all 3 of my cousins. She ran off and was hit by a truck. They found her body and ended up having her mounted and she is hung on the wall of their bedroom to this day.


14 posted on 02/01/2008 2:16:37 PM PST by Clarinet_King (Det 4 21st Operations Group - Siempre Vigilantes Del Cielo - Detect, Track, Deter HUA!)
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To: TigersEye

elk warning!


15 posted on 02/01/2008 2:17:10 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: GSWarrior

De Beque was five below zero Thursday morning. The elk was probably cold, and liked the fire in the living room better than the great outdoors. The blanket only added to the ambience.


16 posted on 02/01/2008 2:17:57 PM PST by whipitgood (Neither of, by, or for the people any longer...)
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To: Clarinet_King
She ran off and was hit by a truck.

The elk or your aunt? ;)

17 posted on 02/01/2008 2:18:09 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Lol the elk.


18 posted on 02/01/2008 2:19:06 PM PST by Clarinet_King (Det 4 21st Operations Group - Siempre Vigilantes Del Cielo - Detect, Track, Deter HUA!)
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To: GSWarrior

Pix #3: Now that’s one haaaaapy elk!


19 posted on 02/01/2008 2:19:58 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (We've checked, and all your zeroes are OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: GSWarrior; elkfersupper

So was it elk fer supper?


20 posted on 02/01/2008 2:20:22 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: GSWarrior

Thank you for the photos!


21 posted on 02/01/2008 2:26:33 PM PST by Vor Lady
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To: Graybeard58

LOL! Too true!


22 posted on 02/01/2008 2:27:39 PM PST by Vor Lady
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To: whipitgood

The cow elk probably just wanted a closer look at the 18 point bull elk head mounted over the fireplace....when it didn’t make a move on her...she left.


23 posted on 02/01/2008 3:42:52 PM PST by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out Of Qurans)
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To: GSWarrior

They should give that elk one of the squeezable balls.

Beats stress for me.


24 posted on 02/01/2008 3:45:21 PM PST by exit82 (How do you handle Hillary? You Huma her.)
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To: GSWarrior

A few years ago I came up with the thought that Santa Claus needed to replace his tiny reindeer with elk because of the increase in number of Christmas presents modern children were getting. Al Smith said that would be all fine & good until that herd of elk landed on your roof.


25 posted on 02/01/2008 4:12:06 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: Clarinet_King

So its not your aunt mounted and hanging on the wall?!


26 posted on 02/01/2008 6:49:17 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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