A curious bull elk in Estes Park, Colorado, has made two house calls to the same home, spaced a month apart.
The elk’s first visit happened on November 13th. He dropped by to eat some plants off of the family’s porch. He managed to ring their doorbell in the process. After a quick snack, the elk quietly leaves. Almost exactly a month later, the elk returns. He sniffs around but doesn’t ring the doorbell or find anything particularly tasty.
The owner of the house, James F Jonell, says he recognized the elk because of his distinctive antlers. Distinctive is an understatement. Of course, the elk is pretty big. So are his antlers. In the video, we can see him confidently walk up to the door. He might not notice that his antlers almost don’t fit through the porch opening, but we sure do. Surprisingly, the elk manages to get off of the porch both times with no trouble.
Jonell has named the massive animal “Bruno” and eagerly awaits his next scheduled return. If the animal world’s clock aligns, we should be seeing another video Bruno sometime next month.
Both visits were captured by the family’s video doorbell. You can see footage of the elk over at People.
Pinecone Collectors Find Massive Bull Elk in Oregon
Bruno’s antlers are impressive in size. Even then, it seems like he’s a pretty average elk. However, pinecone collectors in Oregon found the remains of a massive bull elk. Turns out, it’s the second-largest in the entire state’s history. Wow! That experience is certainly memorable, if not absolutely amazing. It just goes to show, if you keep your nose to the ground while looking for pinecones, you might break a state record along the way.
This bull elk is extremely rare in size. Its antlers have officially been scored as 406 6/8. The certified scorer for the bull, Mark Penninger, mentioned its phenomenal size. “This bull is testament that age, good genetics, and high-quality habitat can produce truly world class elk.”
There’s a mandatory 60-day window before any animals can be judged for records. This is because skulls and antlers typically shrink after they’ve first been harvested (or picked up, in this instance). Entries have to be measured after they completely dry out so that judges can get the most accurate number. I’m sure the collectors could hardly wait for their November scoring.
The bull was found during the summer and turned over to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In Oregon, it’s illegal to move animals yourself because of poaching. The ODFW doesn’t track trophy records themselves, but they do pass on measurements to organizations that keep track. This bull elk was reported to Northwest Big Game Records Inc.