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Elk relocated from Utah golf course after causing problems, return one week later

March 28, 2023
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We’ve all come across an animal or two while on the course, but nothing like what’s happening at the Salt Lake Country Club in Utah.

Surrounded by busy highways, the Salt Lake City golf course has become home to a herd of elk. That’s all well and good for the club (and the elk), until report after report dropped in which the elk were causing numerous collisions and traffic problems after repeatedly wandering onto the highways.

Attempting to remedy this problem, officials shut down portions of Interstate 80 and Interstate 215 on March 19 in order to relocate the herd. About 100 or so elk were pushed back to the nearby mountain ranges, and, at the time, it was deemed a success.

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Well … the elk had a different idea, and have come back in full force. Approximately 40 of the elk migrated back down the canyon, with half setting up camp on the Salt Lake Country Club grounds.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stated that there are no current plans to relocate these animals yet again, but that it’s a possibility once the snowy weather calms down.

Drivers have been told to proceed with caution, as the grazing animals have been spotted just feet away from 75-mile-per-hour traffic.

It looks like the elk have won this battle, but the war will surely wage on.

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