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Rocky mountain elk photos made during the autumn rut season. Gallery contains vertical format images displaying a variety of rutting behaviors and portraits. Fine art prints and high resolution files for publication are available upon request. Un-authorised use of any of these images is not permitted.
"They have to be within 200 yards now," I whispered softly to my son as the thick forest below our sagebrush knob blew up with elk bugles and the mews of cows trying to control the chaos. At least two bulls screamed at each other in throat-stinging threats. If I'd been dropped into the site without a clue, I'd have bet the September rut was in full swing. But I'd have been wrong. It was October.
"Wapiti Lake Pack" by Curt Howell: Heading into YNP on an early morning Bombardier run with fresh snow and fresh wolf tracks. This morning the Wapiti Lake pack was hunting its namesake bull elk (wapiti). At first it was just a glimpse of a ghost standing in the road and then breaking for cover, and finally two more, and soon it was 16 wolves howling back and forth. At last the pack came out of the dense woods and walked along the Madison River.
American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull surveying his harem of cows on a grassy plains in Jasper national Park, Alberta. [Press "L" or left click to view on black] 12 October, 2010. Slide # GWB_20101012_6533.CR2