On this blogger site one can click on all pictures except for the header two times each time making them larger which is a feature I like because it gives you the ability to really look very close at all kinds of things not readily seen.

Friday, March 25, 2011

What Hungry Elk Do

They eat whatever they can and in this case it is the bark off of trees. Elk have never wintered in this area since I've been here. Let's just say it's a long time. We know there's one for sure that did not make it. There is a lot of tree damage like this. It was a long tough winter for everyone and it's not done yet. These animals get to do pretty much whatever they want and that's as it should be. In addition they are on their own as well.









 That's over 30" or more you see here and it's snowing hard right now. The sun will not be seen for several days either. It hasn't been seen that much period. 384 total on the mountain in the back round with 118' sno-pack which is the most I can remember. This run off could be real serious if conditions come together. The picture above was taken Jan 6th and they left the area about two weeks later. The others were taken today.

11 comments:

  1. Why are the elk wintering there now? Is their food scarce in higher altitudes? It's a pity about the trees. I've only seen elk a couple of times & it was in higher altitudes in the Rockies. They were coming down in the evening for water.

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  2. Thank you for the visit and the comment Lizzy.

    They are gone from here but not far away. The snow is to deep to go far. The elevation where I took this is 6400'. Elk always come down to lower elevations when winter comes and go back when the snow recedes. NW Colorado has the biggest elk population anywhere.

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  3. Never heard about them before. It's cool they can withstand a cold weather...

    >>>World of Vhincci

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  4. At times many won't make it. The same with antelope in Wyoming if it's a real bad winter.

    Go to this post Vhincci and watch Clyde a giant bull. The video is at the very bottom.

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  5. You got it....this is photo blog says it all. It's been a long hard winter.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  6. Love pictures of wildlife! How wonderful for you to catch these magnificent creatures!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Debbie's Travels

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  7. Beautiful pics One Fly. Tough world out there,somehow it seems more wrong for them because we are the cause of much of it.
    Thanks for stopping by the new site.

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  8. Hi Oso-good to hear from you and I put you guys up on the blogroll.
    Good stuff!

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