Posted: Oct 14, 2013 2:33 PM by MTN News
Updated: Oct 14, 2013 2:35 PM
Heather Leigh of Missoula and her boyfriend Glen recently had a very close encounter with an elk.
The two were enjoying a motorcycle ride from Missoula to Ovando and back on Sunday, October 3rd, when Glen slowed down as he saw a truck stopped in front of them.
Heather said that they stopped behind the truck and saw a bull elk approach the truck; she believes the person in the truck had some food because the elk jumped up on his hind legs and peered in to the driver's window.
Heather said that the elk then jumped down and started to approach her and her boyfriend.
She was surprised that the elk came so close and said in an email that, "I could feel a great deal of tension between us and the animal. I am willing to bet that if Glen hadn't hit the throttle when he had, that elk would have jumped up on us. The elk chased us for a while and I don't know when he would have stopped hadn't I told Glen to lose it. I didn't want the animal to chase us on the road and put it in any danger so losing it seemed appropriate. I had enough excitement for one day!"
Heather also posted the video to YouTube on October 9th, and it has garnered more than 54,000 views.