Car vs. deer collisions occur often enough that when we see a deer on the side of the road, we don't often think much about it. That wasn't the experience for one driver in Southern Minnesota earlier this week. A woman hit an elk while driving, and the strange part is that there are no reported herds of elk reported in Southern Minnesota.

Image Credit: Google Maps
Image Credit: Google Maps

The crash occurred on Minnesota 4 a few miles north of Hector when a bull elk crossed the road into the path of an oncoming car. The unidentified female driver was reportedly on her way to work just before 8 a.m., and was not injured. However her Ford Mustang did sustain significant damage.

According to the Pioneer Press, the elk wasn't killed on impact, and had to be dispatched by law enforcement upon arrival as it had sustained severe injuries.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources page, it’s rare to see one this far south, and Renville County has no resident elk herds. At one time, elk ranged across much of Minnesota but the population of wild elk is now concentrated in the far northwestern corner of the state. The most recent survey, conducted in February and March, recorded three herds with a total of 97 elk.


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