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Pictures of an elk infestation

2012-02-06T09:40:37+00:00

The town of Estes Park has a plague every winter, an infestation of elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni). They wander down from the heights in the winter to spend it in town. Autumn is mating season, and the bull elk can be noisy and aggressive. Tourists don’t understand that elk are wild animals, and they can be dangerous.

When we drove through in July, there was a large herd in a meadow on the north end of town. One bull elk, perhaps 50 females, and about 25 calves. It was quite a crowd.

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I have never seen elk calves before. They are spotted, like deer fawns, to help them blend into the grass better when they lie down.

3 Comments
  1. 2012-02-09T05:52:43+00:00 05:52

    One elk to 50 females. He’s got his work cut out for him

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  2. 2012-02-07T15:10:18+00:00 15:10

    Those are some BIG and beautiful animals!

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