A Hailey, Idaho, resident heard a clatter in his basement early yesterday morning.
He ran downstairs to find . . .
. . . a cow elk — in the family room!
The elk was apparently hoping to play a little late night billiards before enjoying an early breakfast.
Actually, the elk had fallen through a basement window while foraging for food.
The owner called 911 and deputies were dispatched.
Blaine County sheriff’s deputies and Fish and Game officers drove the elk up the basement stairs and out of the home.
“It took us about 2.5 hours, but we got her out uninjured,” said Alex Head, Fish and Game senior conservation officer. “The basement will need a good, deep cleaning, but we are glad it worked out as well as it did.”
“It is one of those years, we have a lot of elk and we have our first normal snow levels in the past five years and elk are being pushed into the valley and getting into trouble,” said Daryl Meints, Magic Valley Fish and Game regional wildlife manager.
I can just imagine what the cow might say to her calf sometime next summer.
“Did I ever tell you about the time I fell into a little hole?”