LOCAL NEWS

3 elk die after herd wanders onto roads near Parleys Canyon

Feb 3, 2023, 5:32 PM | Updated: 7:47 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – A large herd of elk continues to keep motorists and state troopers on high alert near the mouth of Parleys Canyon.  Several elk died in collisions with cars Friday morning.

The Utah Highway Patrol is reminding people driving in that area to be extremely cautious.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources estimates there are still 50 to 60 elk in the area around the mouth of Parleys Canyon.  Two died in collisions Friday morning and a third was euthanized after it was injured by a car.  The DWR and UHP can’t really tell how much longer they will continue to forage in this area.

“They’re wild animals,” said Trooper Kendall Holland, who has been trying to keep the elk out of harm’s way since the beginning of the week. “They are unpredictable. They can walk into traffic. They’re a distraction for people that are driving down the road.”

Just as the sun rose Friday, many of the deer were moving around at the top of Parleys Way before retreating to the golf course at the Salt Lake Country Club.

“They are giant 700-pound animals that if they end up in front of you on the road, and you end up hitting them, it could be catastrophic,” Holland said

He said it would be much more dangerous than hitting a deer, which would be about half the weight.

“We have had all types of different situations in my 32 years of elk being in trouble in some spots,” said Scott Root, conservation outreach manager with the DWR.  “This one is probably the most dangerous.“

They believe the majority of the elk settled down on the golf course.  For now, that’s not a bad place for them to be, Root said, when the alternative is running across Interstate 80, Foothill Blvd., or Interstate 215.  They could move around again at any time.

“They’re starting to get a little bit antsy as we’re getting a little bit warmer weather,” Root said.

The deep snow drove the elk down into neighborhoods, and the DWR does not think they will move back up until they have some open ground for grazing. 

“We just hope that they are going to do that sooner rather than later, and stay up. But we pushed them up the first time and the snow is still too deep and it was still too cold, and they just came right back the next day,” Root said.

The elk have been roaming the area since the beginning of the week.  They go where they want to go and herding them is not really an option. 

“Elk don’t typically like to be around people if they can help it,” Root said. “So, I’m hoping it’s days rather than weeks.“

“They’re unpredictable,” Holland said. “They’re only going to go where they want to go, and right now this is where they want to go.”

The UHP is warning drivers in the area to be especially cautious at night.  Electronic signs urge drivers to be on alert for elk and be ready to stop and give other motorists plenty of room to stop in case an elk wanders on to the road.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Players, coaches and management of the now inactive Arizona Coy0tes arrived in Utah on Wednesday mo...

Karah Brackin

Hockey fans turn out at the airport to welcome arrival of new NHL team

Players, coaches and management of the now inactive Arizona Coy0tes arrived in Utah on Wednesday morning ahead of the NHL in Utah party Wednesday afternoon at the Delta Center. 

1 hour ago

Some Utahns were reunited with their cat after they accidentally shipped it to California with an A...

Eliza Pace

Utahns reunited with pet cat they accidentally shipped with Amazon return

Some Utahns got the surprise of their life when they got a call that their missing cat was found in Los Angeles. 

1 hour ago

One of two controlled detonations of old dynamite is seen in Holladay on April 24, 2024. (KSL TV)...

Josh Ellis

Crews detonate ‘ancient dynamite’ sticks found in Holladay home

Hazmat crews detonated old explosives that were found in a Salt Lake County home early Wednesday morning after evacuating dozens of nearby houses.

8 hours ago

Summer travel is about to take flight. That means a whole lot of points and miles being used and ea...

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

Thieves are going after your frequent flier mileage: how you can safeguard those miles and points

Summer travel is about to take flight. That means a whole lot of points and miles being used and earned, and cybercriminals know it.

15 hours ago

One of the tennis courts that used to be available to the public but now closed due to repeated van...

Debbie Worthen

Some Salt Lake high school facilities closed to the public due to irresponsible dog owners

The Granite School District says irresponsible dog owners are forcing the closure of some high school tennis courts that used to be open to the public.

15 hours ago

A fire at an egg farm in Lewiston has resulted in a response from as far as Franklin, Idaho. (Brian...

Dan Rascon

Egg farm catches fire in Lewiston, prompting a fire response from as far as Franklin, Idaho

A four-alarm fire at the Oakdell Egg Farm in Lewiston left scores of chickens dead on Tuesday.

16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

3 elk die after herd wanders onto roads near Parleys Canyon