“Well, this morning I planned on going to town, but chose not to do that. I looked out my window at my sister’s house and here are two bull elk eating leaves off of a filbert tree in front of her house,” he told us.
“They were two good, healthy-looking bulls. I was not quite ready to see two elk this morning,” Willis added.
“To see a couple of bull elk was beyond my wildest expectations,” the longtime Orcas Island resident said.
Still, through the island grapevine he’d heard of yesterday’s sightings.
Willis said his first thought was, “I need to find a camera or they’ll all think I’m crazy.”
So he and a friend with a camera went looking for them on the property.
He wasn’t quite sure how they had arrived at the family farm near Deer Point.
“This whole thing is so crazy. To get here they must have swam. They couldn’t get a reservation on the ferry, I don’t think,” Willis said
Indeed, it is likely that the elk jumped in the water, but from where is a darn good question.
Two bulls were spotted on Salt Spring Island, on the Vancouver Island side of the San Juans, earlier this spring, but an elk on Whidbey Island swam over from the Skagit Valley a couple years ago too.
Before this, Willis says the biggest wildlife event on Orcas might have been the bear that swam over last year.
The bruin was spotted on Obstruction Pass Road at the exact same spot as the elk was photographed above.
“Anyway, it’s been a crazy day for me,” Willis added.