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Say what you will about the traffic in Charlotte but at least we don’t have to deal with anything like this. WBIR-TV reports that a herd of elk decided to take over a road in the Saunooke Village section of Cherokee, North Carolina on January 3rd. 

A recent video (below) captured by a driver shows the animals walking across Highway 441 near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The elk sauntered right down the street and stopped traffic. It’s unclear what caused them to roam in that area. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries were reported.

Elk sightings in Cherokee have become more common since their reintroduction into Great Smoky Mountains National Park over 20 years ago. Since then, the elk population has grown slowly but steadily in the region.