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An elk broke into a basement in Idaho

Not once but twice in Wood River Valley, Idado, have large animals accidentally broken into people's basements via their egress windows. The first time was in late 2015, when a moose was discovered — unharmed but also unhappy — in the basement of a family home. This week, the same thing happened with an elk, who was also uninjured by her unorthodox entrance.

Idaho Fish and Game officers were called to remove the elk, who was persuaded to leave by the stairs by an officer wielding a hockey stick found in the basement. "I suppose we should say it," the conservation agency wrote on Facebook afterwards, "if you live in the Wood River Valley, cover your window wells or you could end up with an unexpected intruder."