Monday, March 22, 2010

My first elk sighting

This afternoon after Michael and I left the barn, he pointed out a couple of elk just off one of the exits. Despite the fact that I've lived in Colorado almost all of my life, I'd never seen one in person (let alone practically in the suburbs), so I insisted that he circle back around and get off the highway so I could take some pictures.

It turned out there were four of them, two grazing right next next to the road and two above them on the hill. The one with the antlers was watching all the people stopping in their cars to look, while his companion mooned us. The two grazing didn't seem to care one bit that they were grazing within ten feet of the cars — just on the other side of the sidewalk.

At first I thought it was a bull and three cows, but I was wondering about their lumpy looking foreheads so when I got home I looked it up. Turns out they were all males — apparently when they shed their horns (which they do every year) they form bachelor bands for protection.

Seeing elk in person, they are not the majestic creatures you'd think. They are actually surprisingly awkward-looking, the way they are put together. But it was cool nevertheless!

Bachelor band of elk

Bachelor band of elk

Bachelor band of elk



At March 22, 2010 at 5:54 PM, Blogger Sydney said...

Cool. I have seen some wild ones in fields on the way to my friends moms place waaaaay up north.

At March 23, 2010 at 11:30 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Way up north where, Sydney? I'm surprised I haven't seen them here before, especially because I know of others who have.


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