One Of Our Elk Is Too Neighborly

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Most people today have a pet. We have a golden retriever named Buddy, but we also have an elk that keeps coming around so often that you would think it was a pet.

We call the elk, Lucky 13. It's a big elk and has a tag in his ear with the No. 13; he has also survived crossing Highway 260 for a few years making him very lucky.

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This elk is too neighborly for his own good. He is a frequent visitor to Hunter Creek homes and he has been given a name, "Lucky 13" -- due to the tag in his ear and the fact that he has been able to cross Highway 260 for a number of years.

He dropped his 6x6 antlers in March and is now donning new headgear in velvet. He really is a beautiful elk, but I wish he would stay out of my yard. Saturday, he was here three times during the day. I would scare him off and he would come back a few hours later.

I figure he weighs about 1,000 pounds, but what makes him scary is the fact that he is not afraid of people. He has been living in this area for a few years and pretty much has the run of Hunter Creek. While most elk sleep during the day, he roams around visiting people. I spend my time telling everyone to stay away because he really is a wild animal and you don't know what he is going to do.

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday is Mother's Day and for those of us who are lucky to still have our mothers with us, that makes it even more special. I consider myself very lucky this year because my mother is here visiting me from Pennsylvania, and we can share Mother's Day together.

Mothers are a rare breed. They put you first and themselves last.

Growing up back in Pennsylvania, I came from a family of five kids. We were not rich in the sense of money, but we were rich in other ways. We had a mother who brought us up to respect our elders, to worship on Sundays, and to spend time together as a family. She was always there for me. She encouraged me, and she made me who I am today. The fact that she was always there for me when I needed her, and always ready to help makes her the very best mother anyone could ever want.

Mom, know that you are loved this day and every day. Thank you for being the best mother ever. Happy Mother's Day, Mom -- and the same to all the mothers out there.

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