A little over a week ago, a moose had managed to fall through a basement window in a residential neighborhood in Hailey Idaho. Four days later, an elk suffered the same fate in the same small town.
“I wished we were making this up folks…. but just minutes ago, another elk was confronted by our Conservation Officers for breaking and entering,” a post on the Idaho Fish and Game Magic Valley Facebook page reads. “This elk crashed through a window well in a basement in Hailey.”
Police were called around 6:50 p.m. on Groundhog Day after a local resident had a cow elk come crashing through a window in his basement.
“The elk just looked confused,” said IDFG regional conversation officer Josh Royse. “Sometimes they can be pretty ornery and this one was pretty calm. She was just standing there waiting for something to happen.”
Using a hockey stick as a prop, officers were able to coax the elk up the stairs of the home and eventually out the front door to safety.
With heavy snowfall in the region, much of the area’s wildlife is traversing into residential areas and because of this, officials are asking residents to take the proper precautions.
“We advise everyone to cover up their window wells until the wildlife disperse,” Hailey Police Lt. Steve England told EastIdahoNews.com.