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News From Wyoming October 15, 2009

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

Famous Elk Found Dead Just North of Yellowstone

Elk no 6

A sad day, I think.

by MEAD GRUVER Associated Press writer | Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 12:00 am

“CHEYENNE – His name was just a numeral, yet he had legions of human admirers and few rivals among his own species.

“Mighty bull elk No. 6 has died, victim of a freak accident just north of Yellowstone National Park.

“He tripped while trying to cross a fence and somersaulted onto his back. Pinned between large rocks with his antlers beneath him, No. 6 [couldn’t breathe]. He was found dead Sunday.

“Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said No. 6 impressed everyone who saw him. He had a trophy-sized rack and weighed an unusually hefty 725 pounds.

“I certainly understand why he was a favorite of visitors. It’s very impressive watching a big, powerful animal like that,” Nash said Wednesday.

“Each fall, more than 100 cow and bull elk congregate around Yellowstone headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs to graze and mate. Biggest and baddest of all was No. 6.

“No. 6 was famous for venting his sexual frustration on rival bull elk and cars. He was responsible for many thousands of dollars in damage to tourists’ cars over the years.

“They just decide that they want to take out some of their aggression. Sometimes it’s the grass, sometimes it’s a tree. Sometimes it’s your personal vehicle,” Nash said. “And while moving vehicles certainly can be an issue, the vehicles don’t have to be moving to be a target.”

“Sometimes humans were the target: The record of No. 6 included attacks on two people. One person needed stitches. The other was knocked over without being hurt.

“Park officials removed the antlers of No. 6 in 2004 and again in 2005 to make him less dangerous.

“He got an orange and black ear tag with a number on it several years ago.

“Also tagged was bull elk No. 10, chief rival of No. 6. Nash said the death of No. 6 could make No. 10 king of Yellowstone, but several younger elk also have been making themselves known.

“Elk usually live 13 to 18 years. No. 6 was believed to be at least 15 years old.

“He is survived by a large harem of cow elk.”

They named a squirrel Rocky, a mouse Mickey, a moose Marty, and a duck Donald. This guy was only a number? C’mon: at least Elwood Elk, in honor of the Blues Brothers.




1. gregquill - October 16, 2009

Hahaha! Yes, Sandy. It must be a Wyoming thing: home of Dick Cheney.

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