“Preserve public and herd safety": Idaho agencies move 600 elk across highway

While most everyone was searching for Easter eggs on Sunday, authorities in Idaho were making a big move!

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fish and Game Department, Idaho Fish and Game, the Idaho Transportation Department, state police, and sheriff deputies from Bingham and Bannock counties all came together to help move 600 elk across Interstate 15. It began early Sunday morning so there would not be much traffic on the road.

The reason behind the relocation is a simple one— accidents. More than 30 elk were struck by cars near I-15 and I-86 during the month of January, Post Register reported.

The push mirrored the herds’ traditional migratory route into the mountains east of I-15. Authorities were just giving the beautiful creatures a head start.
According to the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game, “Elk are typically seasonal migrants that inhabit mid and upper elevations spring through fall and then move onto winter range to escape deep snow and bitter cold.”

In a Facebook post, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fish and Game stated, “This was a huge cooperative effort by all to preserve public and herd safety. Thank you for taking the time to participate and make this operation a success. Also, thank you to the public for your cooperation in giving us the room needed to complete this task.”