Herd of elk pushed away from I-80 and moved back into mountains

Jan 26, 2023, 12:24 PM | Updated: Jan 27, 2023, 12:47 pm

A herd of elk was crossing lanes of westbound I-80 in Salt Lake City on Thursday....

A large herd of elk created delays for drivers on westbound I-80 in Salt Lake City on Thursday. It took officers from the Utah Highway Patrol and the Division of Wildlife Resources to direct the large animals to safety. (Jamie Clyde)

(Jamie Clyde)

SALT LAKE CITY — Drivers on westbound Interstate 80 were delayed by about 30 minutes Thursday because a herd of elk was attempting to cross into the foothills. 

Herd of elk trying to get home in Salt Lake City on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Photo credit: Austin Aerts

KSL TV reporter Katija Stepovic first reported that the herd was moving between Foothill Drive and Parley’s Way, near the mouth of Parley’s Canyon.

Salt Lake City police, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) officers and biologists worked together to wrangle the elk herd.

DWR helped herd the animals up the Shoreline Trail and back toward the mountains, according to DWR spokesperson Faith Heaton Jolley.

Elk and deer, and even moose, can be seen in the city during winter. They are simply looking for food that, in the higher elevations, has been covered by snow, according to Heaton Jolley

She says that if you see such animals and if they are in danger near a roadway, please call the nearest Division of Wildlife Management office for assistance.


(Video credit Austin Aerts, top of Parley’s Way in Salt Lake City)



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Herd of elk pushed away from I-80 and moved back into mountains