An unprecedented number of elk have been struck and killed by motorists this year on Interstate 90 near Vantage – at least 65.
Previously, the worst year had a dozen elk die, said a Washington state game official.
The big animals (averaging 500 to 700 pounds) migrate annually between the Colockum region between Ellensburg and Wenatchee and the banks of the Columbia, seeking food as snow piles up in their higher habitat.
No motorists have suffered serious injuries in the collisions so far, according to the State Patrol.
For unknown reasons, the northward-bound elk chose to loiter for weeks in January along I-90 and within its median, munching on vegetation. Read the Yakima Herald-Republic article.