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Watch out for low flying elk

Last updated by Ken Comments (5)

Categories: Safety, Low & Slow Trikes, Big Fast Trikes

Authorities say a leaping elk brought down a research helicopter trying to capture the animal in the mountains of eastern Utah.


  • ULtrikepilot

    Wow, don't think most pilots would think about a leaping elk risk but on the other hand I doubt most pilots would think about hovering over such a huge animal at 10 feet. Thanks for sharing Ken.

  • Ken

    Well there are a few trikes that fly pretty low, so you never know....

  • Damien

    From the Article --> The state-contracted Australian crew was trying to capture and sedate the elk

    From Ken --> Well there are a few trikes that fly pretty low, so you never know....

    From Me --> Now that I am a proud US citizen, I'm off the hook on this one!

  • white eagle

    At tarkio i flew over 250 head of elk. I couldnt have been more than 10 ft over their heads so id say i was 15 ft agl. Nor did they jump Nor did they run. I never felt at any time i was in any danger and ive been around elk my whole life. Doesnt mean something couldnt happen so its probably not a good idea but ill bet that chopper had that elk pretty franticly on a dead run. At best ive seen elk jump a good 10 ft high but thats on a good downhill bound!
    I took a greenhorn elk hunting one time and he was so excited he found a sashsquash track.looked like a giant running 2 legged down a hill. I really didnt want to dissapoint him by informimg him that it was where a big mule deer was bounding down the mountain over an escape trail.
    Probably the best bet is to observe wildlife from a non threatning distance . But if any trikers want to go look for bigfoot iam in!

  • miraclepieco

    I read a newspaper article titled "Studied To Death" about how biologists legally harass, abuse and kill wildlife under the pretense of "research," most notably helicopter herding of elk that regularly results in numerous deaths from running them into fences and off of cliffs. Karma finally caught up with these government-endorsed agents of animal cruelty.