How common are elk here in WA? These girls were in my neighborhood...

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  1. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

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    Just curious how common elk are in the area. My wife snapped this pic while on the way to pick up our daughter at school yesterday afternoon. Thought it was pretty cool, for all I know it's a common sight. We've seen quite a few deer, but these were the first elk.

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    Dan
     
  2. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    they're common depending on where you go. With deep snow in the high country right now, they're just below it, working over the green grass shoots coming up now. I see tracks frequently near my house,
     
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    I see you're in Bonney Lake- there's a pretty big herd in the White River drainage.
     
  4. Patrick Gould

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    We saw some near Roslyn on Sunday.

    For a family trip there's some winter feeding stations that can draw 1000 Elk. One is located at the end of Joe Watt Rd. near Ellensburg and one is located over by Oak Creek west of Naches. The one at Oak Creek offers the opportunity to go out to the herd in a flatbed. At the other location you just watch from the fence.
     
  5. Lugan

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    They are around North Bend as well.
     
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    I thought these were Marmots all these years!
     
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    Down along the coast here where I live in Pacific County we have some of the largest herds of Elk in the state. They are so common here no one even takes time to look at them. common enough that you fear hitting one in with your car on those foggy evenings. I counted 0ver 100 in one farmers field on Monday, they were 3 separate groups. Farmers here either like or hate them because they do a lot of damage to fields and fences. They are like other game, come hunting season they are no where to be found so the hunting and terrain is tough going. two or three days after hunting season they are standing in your back yard laughing at you.. Ron

    PS the reel is working great, thanks
     
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  8. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    They tore up my LaFuma recliners on my walkway last fall. If your sweaty, don't use the recliner!! There went $500!!

    Between DFW management and the appearance of wolves in the neighborhood I suspect there will be far fewer elk in my neighborhood in the near future.
     
  9. Mountain Man

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    I live in North Bend, and see them pretty regularly. They eat all my plants (even the ones that are supposedly deer and elk resistant), they spend days at a time in my back yard in the winter, crapping all over (and while you think it might be good fertilizer, that shit just doesn't decompose), they trash my yard when it's wet (hoof prints sunk in the grass 3 or 4 inches, right up next to the house), and they drive my dog crazy. A few years ago, I had a dog run right into a herd that were laying down outside my house, barking his head off. There was a big bull (I don't really know how to count antler points, but I think he was at least 5) that put his rack under my dog's butt and flipped him out of there.

    I think there are at least two herds here now - the huge one that you see on Hwy 202 between North Bend and Snoqualmie, and a smaller one on the east side of North Bend. The most I've ever seen in my yard at one time was 23.

    It's pretty cool.
     
  10. formerguide

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    Cool, thanks all. Being new to a state often yields some pretty silly questions, I wasn't certain if this was commonplace or if elk were elusive. Nice sight for sure, the kids were thrilled.

    Dan
     
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    The Skagit elk herd has been reduced by poaching and environmental factors. Nevertheless, they often show up along Hwy. 20, a little west of Concrete, during winter; sometimes dozens at a time.
     
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    every year we go to the feeding station at oak creek as a family to see them by the hundreds, and i know a place where they gather in the winter and we see em by the thousands multiple times a week goin coyote hunting.
     
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    There are no elk up there, nothing to see there, please move along. :D
     
  15. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Ron isn't kidding! I've had to stand on my brakes at least three times to avoid slamming into an elk on the hwy between here and the Astoria bridge. Its usually a big cow, just standing there in the middle of the hwy. It materializes out of the fog and you barely have any time to react. I've learned to keep my speed down when driving in the early morning or evening fog. I've also had elk step out onto the hwy after dark, too. I almost nailed one coming back from Astoria, just before I got to Naselle, a good hour after dark. I was pushing the speed limit, but I slowed down after that.
    Elk don't come into my yard any more after the tree farm out back was sold and converted to cranberry bogs.
    Back when I had a '62 VW camper, I nearly hit one down near Seaside, OR in the fog. It didn't budge until after I stopped about 5 feet from it. I nearly got rear-ended by a surf buddy who was following me to a campsite in his Bug.

    Sometimes I see a huge herd in the valley between McCleary and Little Creek Casino, but not during elk season.