Animals "Wild animals in the wild"

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I really miss the trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. We would go at least twice a year---early summer and late fall. We would go during the snow melt time or mud season and then again for the elk mating season. We were very fortunate to have been trained in the way of letting the animals come close to us if possible. There would be massive herds of female elk being rounded up by the bull elks that had fought other bulls for the right to have a big harem. We learned to anticipate the movements and to listen to the sounds of elk bugling to witness bulls fighting each other. I always enjoyed the calmness of the females and respected the wildness of the bull in mating season. I scanned these old slides to show how beautiful these animals really are.


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I really miss the trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. We would go at least twice a year---early summer and late fall. We would go during the snow melt time or mud season and then again for the elk mating season. We were very fortunate to have been trained in the way of letting the animals come close to us if possible. There would be massive herds of female elk being rounded up by the bull elks that had fought other bulls for the right to have a big harem. We learned to anticipate the movements and to listen to the sounds of elk bugling to witness bulls fighting each other. I always enjoyed the calmness of the females and respected the wildness of the bull in mating season. I scanned these old slides to show how beautiful these animals really are.


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Love that second shot especially Mel.
 
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It didn’t take long for the campus TVs to display a ‘don’t feed the wildlife’ banner with a picture of a deer on it. Apparently some bozo was outside trying to get selfies with it and pet it. He unfortunately wasn’t gored 🙄
 
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It didn’t take long for the campus TVs to display a ‘don’t feed the wildlife’ banner with a picture of a deer on it. Apparently some bozo was outside trying to get selfies with it and pet it. He unfortunately wasn’t gored 🙄
It never fails to amaze me the complete stupidity of some people around dangerous wild animals. I have seen a father take his 5-year-old son on a trip with the final act being mayhem. We were in Grand Teton and a bison bull was showing signs of irritation by pawing at the ground. This guy was pulling his son toward the bison and a few of us intercepted him before he started up the little mound the bull was on. On another occasion in Rocky Mountain National Park, two young girls jumped from their vehicles and started toward a bull elk that was guarding his harem. We finally screamed enough that they stopped with a bewildered look on their face. On another trip, we were in RMNP and the elk rut was in full swing with elk bulls fighting for dominance in the midst of the mayhem, a wedding photographer had the bride and groom woefully close to the alpha bull and we could not get them to move away. That could have been a long-delayed wedding as they tried to remove antlers from their rear ends. Crazy fools!
 
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