Herd of elk descend on Jefferson County

KUSA – A large herd of elk is creating quite a scene in Golden.

Motorists and visitors traveling along Sixth Avenue and Heritage near Road the Jefferson County Human Services building were in for a quite a sight.

The herd grazing on the grasslands near the front door of the Human Service Center is giving people a chance to see some of Colorado's wildlife up close.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill says it's common to see elk in this area, especially at this time of year. She says the animals are often on the move in the spring and the fall.

Churchill says there is a wildlife crossing nearby and suggests that drivers slow down. She recommends scanning the sides of the roads as you're driving, looking for any elk that may be preparing to cross.

If you see wildlife, make sure to keep your distance, don't feed the wildlife and most of all, remember they are wild.

It's OK to stop and take a picture, but Churchill suggests using a long-range lens. If you notice the elk changing its behavior, that means you're too close.

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