Elk drops in on Idaho family

Matthew Siegel was awakened at around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when a cow elk ended up in a basement bedroom of his Hailey, Idaho home after falling through a window well.

"It’s Plexiglass and able to hold a couple hundred pounds, but obviously not a full elk," Siegel said. "To see a full size elk standing in your downstairs living room when you get down there is something that you’d never expect."

After hours of unsuccessful attempts to get the elk out of the home, Blaine County sheriff’s deputies and Fish and Game officers drove the elk up the basement stairs and out the front door by barricading a path with furniture.

"It took us about 2.5 hours, but we got her out uninjured," said Alex Head, Fish and Game senior conservation officer. "The basement will need a good, deep cleaning, but we are glad it worked out as well as it did."

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