LOCAL NEWS

Elk herd returns to SLC golf course after multiple relocation attempts

Mar 26, 2023, 6:55 PM | Updated: Mar 27, 2023, 11:01 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A large herd of approximately 80 elk found solace at a golf course during the winter months before they were relocated back to Parleys Canyon by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. A week later, the elk returned to the golf course.

In late January, DWR officials warned locals of the herd as they were crossing big roads in the area, including Foothill Boulevard and Interstate 80, when migrating from the canyon in search of food.

A few days later, on Feb. 1, four elk were hit and killed on a busy road when a group of an estimated 20 elk parted ways. Two were killed by the impact, and two others were injured and euthanized.

That’s when temporary traffic control was put in place while DWR biologists herded the elk across I-215 and I-80.

Two days later, another three elk were hit and killed in traffic. At this point, DWR officials said they believed the majority of the elk had set up camp at The Country Club golf course, where they stayed for over a month.

The DWR came up with a creative plan to relocate the elk back to the canyon during that time. After all, a DWR manager said, it wasn’t such a bad place for them to be considering the alternative was running across I-80, Foothill Boulevard or I-215.

The Utah Highway Patrol and DWR warned locals about road closures in advance as it was a long trip with many roads for the elk to cross.

They planned to form a human chain with approximately 20 DWR workers and coax the herd of elk above Parleys Canyon.

On March 19, people gathered to watch the mitigation, which went “exceptionally well.” KSL’s Chopper 5 cameras tracked the whole thing.

The elk were back in Parleys Canyon. The plan had worked, until now. A witness sent KSL TV photos with tens of elk that were spotted near the golf course and the mouth of Parleys Canyon Sunday, just one week after the big mitigation effort.

Neighbors told KSL TV on Monday that they’ve had fun watching the herd and weren’t surprised to see them back.

“Apparently, from what I’ve learned, elk are a little bit like elephants; they have a great memory,” said Robert Richards, adding that he wakes up every morning, curious as to where the elk will be. “We may now see this happen every year.”

The Leone family said they bonded with one of the elk, who spent the last several weeks in their backyard. They even gave her a name.

“We named her Gladys,” said John Leone.

Richards said Monday morning, 35 to 40 of the elk were back on hole nine of the Salt Lake Country Club golf course. He said they’ve gotten a kick out of the herd’s patterns.

“They follow a specific matriarch,” he said. “It’s not one of the bulls, it’s one of the matriarchs that makes all of the decisions.”

Neighbors said they know the elk have likely damaged the golf course, but it’s been interesting with them there.

DWR said they are monitoring the elk and will make decisions on what to do, as needed.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah athlete hoping for Paralympic comeback at Team USA trials

A Paralympian from Utah dreams of representing the United States in Paris, and he’ll find out this weekend if he makes the cut for Team USA.

31 minutes ago

(Karah Brackin, KSL TV)...

Josh Ellis

Dozens of SLC flights canceled, delayed as tech outage disrupts global travel

A global technology outage impacted flights at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday.

2 hours ago

Travelers wait in Terminal 1 for check-in at Hamburg Airport, in Hamburg, Germany, Friday July 19, ...

Charlotte Graham-McLay, Elaine Kurtenbach and David McHugh

Widespread global tech outage disrupts flights, banks, hospitals and media outlets

A global technology outage grounded flights, knocked banks and hospital systems offline and media outlets off air in a massive disruption that affected companies and services around the world and highlighted dependence on software from a handful of providers.

6 hours ago

Credit card companies that value their customers may feel more inclined to wave fees or reduce rate...

Matt Gephardt

Lowering your credit card interest to save hundreds can be as easy as picking up the phone

If you need to borrow money for a home, a car, or even just groceries, the odds seem stacked against you. But lowering your credit card interest may be as easy as picking up the phone.

13 hours ago

Gov. Spencer Cox and first lady Abby Cox ride in a cattle drive through downtown Salt Lake City to ...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

‘We need more community’: Why Cox says this Pioneer Day can be unifying for Utahns

It seemed that everyone in downtown Salt Lake City Thursday morning wanted to take a picture or grab a video of the moment as Gov. Spencer Cox and first lady Abby Cox rode through city streets, leading a Texas longhorn cattle herd behind them. Cox hopes this holiday can be a unifying one.

14 hours ago

Midvale City Hall, one of the governments proposing a tax increase. (Daniel Woodruff, KSL TV)...

Daniel Woodruff

Utahns react to proposed property tax increases

Dozens of cities, towns and school districts across Utah want to raise taxes. Utahns in proposal zones react, and tell KSL how they will be effected.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

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.

Elk herd returns to SLC golf course after multiple relocation attempts