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Elk Evaluating the Landscape

We seldom have elk come down here, although there are giant herds of them a few miles to the east and west of us. Today we were invaded by six large bull elk who sampled all of our bushes and grasses and trees. They spread out over all three yards and acted like it was their job to try everything.

They aren't very skittish around people, so we were able to go about our business while they ate, ruminated, and took a nap.

They are huge animals, but not as tall as the moose.

posted on May 30, 2019 2:16 PM ()


WOW!! Absolutely beautiful!
comment by jerms on May 31, 2019 3:48 PM ()
I was wondering what the velvet covered antlers feel like to the touch. My favorite was seeing how they manage to rest their heads while taking a nap.
reply by traveltales on May 31, 2019 7:07 PM ()
Looks like you got pretty close to get these pictures, I would love to have some animals in my yard like those. I hope they liked your yard flora.
comment by drmaus on May 30, 2019 9:25 PM ()
Also a zoom lens.

I would like to be visited by more wildlife, and as much as I enjoyed today's visit, I got to thinking about how it might get old having them chewing up the scenery on a regular basis, and pretty soon there'd be nothing left. So maybe once a year is enough.

They did seem to enjoy the various plants, tried everything at least once, and we could tell what their favorites were by which plants they returned to. We tried to monitor what was being eaten and shoo them away from certain plants. One time I knocked on the window at one that was chewing on a poor little aspen tree that all of the others had also had some bites off of, and he completely jumped sideways. But didn't race off - started grazing on dandelions as if to say 'I meant to do that.'
reply by traveltales on May 30, 2019 10:10 PM ()
Are they used to people? Is that their nature?
comment by greatmartin on May 30, 2019 4:22 PM ()
Yes, they are very used to being around people, but I'm not sure if that is their nature, or for this particular group comes from years of living 'in town.' The moose, on the other hand, is not accustomed to people, and when he comes around we can see that he gets anxious if we come out of the house and start taking pictures of him. And anxious could turn into aggression, so we have to remember that.
reply by traveltales on May 30, 2019 10:03 PM ()

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