We've received several calls in the past few days about dozens of elk traveling near Highway 24. We sent 11 News reporter Mindy Stone out to try and spot them. And it didn't take long.
It's a site to see. A large herd of elk grazing near Highway 24. "It's pretty cool." Jon Riese and his co-worker are spending their lunch break taking pictures. "I know alot about wildlife. But I'm new to the area and haven't seen many elk. I've got some good pictures," said Riese. Large herds have caught many drivers in the area by surprise. "There was a bunch of traffic. We thought it was an accident, pulled over and here are these elk walking down and I had never seen that many in that close of a group," said Calhan resident, Chuck Tuliszewski. More than 100 elk are traveling in this herd. Wildlife officials say it's not uncommon for large herds of elk to travel out near Highway 24. It's that more people are noticing the animals because of all the growth in eastern El Paso County." This herd is grazing where homes will soon be built. They're very at home out here in these fields in eastern El Paso County," said Michael Seraphin with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. They usually spend their time among the pine trees of Elbert and Douglas County. But after a snowfall, they often travel to the eastern plains where it's easier to find food. "Primarily, they're down here because they found a good spot to eat and it's not that far from where they normally hang out anyway," said Seraphin. For John Reise ... It's a picture perfect moment.
If you spot a herd of elk while you're driving and you want to take a picture. Wildlife officials recommend you stay in your car.
Elk tend to stay put if you don't move. But, they may run away if you get out and approach them.