Friday, November 13, 2009

Buck loses contest to concrete elk

This isn't a case of hitchhiking animals, but it fits my theme--wild animals interacting with things people make.

In Viroqua, Wisconsin, a man  awoke to see his concrete lawn ornament--an elk--tipped over.  Not far away, a seven-point buck lay dead with a fractured skull.  The concrete elk weighed 640 pounds.  You can see the story and photo here.

Update: One driver (from a reader response here) claimed that a deer rammed his car:  "As the survivor of an auto-odocoileus collision several years ago, I must take exception with your lede’s reference to “cars slamming into deer,” which presumes such collisions to be the fault of the driver. My vehicle was hit, broadside, by a rogue ruminant who charged from more than 50 feet."  Audentes, 1/30/07

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