Elk Herd Video, With 1 Straggler, Goes Viral

April 9, 2014

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A 19-year-old Bozeman man's three-minute video of hundreds of elk hopping a fence and crossing a road east of Bozeman, and the perseverance of one straggler to keep up with the group, is an online hit.

Austin Stonnell tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he shot the video on his way home from work.

Nearly all of the animals clear the fence and continue on into a snowy field within the first minute, but the final elk makes several unsuccessful efforts to hop over and walk through the fence.

The straggler walks up and down the fence line and finally backs up and gets a running start before clearing the barrier and joining the herd, including three that appeared to stay back and wait.

The video, posted on March 27, had more than 1.3 million hits on Wednesday.

Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, www.bozemandailychronicle.com