VIDEO: Huge Herd of Elk Walk Straight Through Neighborhood Street

Elk herd in neighborhood
Source: Youtube

Have you ever seen one of those flash mob videos?  You know the ones - where all of a sudden a kajillion people all appear out of nowhere and start singing and dancing?  

Well, this might just be video evidence of the first-ever elk flash mob.  Minus the singing, of course.  The presence of dancing may be subjective.

A video uploaded to Youtube shows a street in Gearhart, Oregon.  And there, in front of a house, a ludicrous number of elk converge.  It's such a surreal thing to see on an otherwise mundane small-town street that it feels almost dream-like to witness. 

Huge elk herd in neighborhood
Source: Youtube

Elk are social animals and live in migratory herds of up to 400 members.  While sightings of enormous elk herds on the side of road-adjacent hills or mountains is a wonderful, if relatively common, occurrence, it is rare to see such a large herd walking in such a human-saturated area. 

Of course, such events are becoming par for the far west course, where humans and wild animals are coming more and more into contact with one another.  Even so, this is a benign and, naturally, beautiful sight for the lucky folks who woke up and walked outside to see this. 

Have you ever seen any elk herds this close up or in such an otherwise "civilized" setting? 

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Artor (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 14:50
The elk are wisely moving out of the forest and looking for somewhere safe. You can see the haze in the background and the pink light on the house. There are no fires nearby, but the area stinks of smoke, and the elk are rightly concerned.
Chuck (not verified) , Sun, 09/13/2020 - 22:33
And.... it is archery season right now...they are smart. You can't hunt them inside city limits.
Konecky (not verified) , Thu, 09/24/2020 - 05:21
In Alaska we can shoot them if they are threatening your life or destruction of property. I am an archery Hunter and I would not shoot in a neighborhood. I love the animals that provide food for my family. But just curious to what the laws are in Oregon?
Gary Jones (not verified) , Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:25
Think they would be walking out of Oregon looking for somewhere safe. I know a lot of people are bailing out of Oregon.
ER (not verified) , Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:30
Two things stand out. First, the whole herd stops and looks both ways before crossing the street. Second, one lone elk lingers to taste the bushes and share a moment with the person looking out the window!
Gloria Gomez (not verified) , Tue, 09/15/2020 - 00:14
Looks like early tryouts to see who’s pulling Santa’s sleigh this year.
Crystal A Fontana (not verified) , Tue, 09/15/2020 - 19:36
They are a lot smarter than some people, when your home is on fire ?, get the hell out of Dodge!
Anonymous (not verified) , Tue, 09/15/2020 - 19:47
Santa's sleigh is pulled by Reindeer not Elk.

Kevin Lupton (not verified) , Tue, 09/15/2020 - 21:25
Could also see this in Estes Park Colorado. Always amazing to see.
Dave Everts (not verified) , Wed, 09/16/2020 - 07:39
They are not keeping social distancing.
Lance S (not verified) , Wed, 09/16/2020 - 16:26
Elk lives matters!!
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