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VIDEO: Watch 700 Elk Dash Across A Snowy Oregon Road

March 06, 2019 - 10:07 am

(WWJ) That's a lot of elk.

A video going viral this week shows a herd of around 700 of the hoofed creatures crossing a snowy, rural road in Oregon's Grande Ronde Valley.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which posted the clip shot last Sunday, March is the most challenging month for big game trying to survive the season -- made even tougher this year due to extended winter weather and heavy snow in the past month. Some parts of Oregon saw record snowfall this season, with more is forecast along with freezing temperatures.

"Please take extra care not to stress wildlife this year by keeping your distance and respecting winter range closures in place to help them survive the season," ODFW wrote on its Facebook page

The elk, one of the largest land mammals roaming North America, can also be found in Michigan.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the state's wild elk herd is flourishing, with over 1,000 elk living in an 105,000-acre area in the northeast Lower Peninsula. The most popular time to view them is in the fall.

Learn more about how and where to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals in our state in a handy guide at this link.