The elk herds are all around us in the Bitterroot Valley. And that means you need to be careful on the area roadways with elk crossing the highways. It has gotten more and more common. Even with the current mating season of elk in Montana, herds are starting to grow in size. When these herds decide to move, they don't care much about vehicle traffic, making it very scary on some of Montana's roadways.

In the valley, be extra careful on US 93 south of Lolo, between Hamilton and Charlos Heights south and on the East Side Highway around Bell Crossing and over by the Daly Mansion and Stock Farm.

As KC from the Montana Outdoor Radio Show notes, "Since we are currently in the "rut," or mating season, it is also common to find love sick bull elk casually wandering the countryside looking for love. These bulls have their minds on one thing, and it is NOT vehicle traffic. Which is probably why an elk hunter recently found himself in a collision with a bull elk near Wolf Creek."

According to KXLF in Butte

MHP trooper Amanda Villa says the vehicle hit the elk at highway speeds, causing it to roll three to four times, killing the elk and totaling the vehicle.

The hunter only appeared to have a broken arm and a few other minor injuries, but Trooper Villa says the collision could have been a lot worse had the hunter not been wearing a seat belt.

Kind of ironic how the elk hunter was returning from an elk hunt, only to collide with an elk in his truck. It reminds us of comedian Ron White's stand-up bit about hunting.

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