Well, OK, maybe not world famous, but I'm posting it here first! Shot this last year in Estes Park, CO, a mountain town known for it's elk population that just wanders the town. Just finally put it on YouTube. It was pretty cool, and yes, he DID get that close to me!
Okay fellas, teach an old guy something new. Is that what they call a Roosevelt, or a Wapiti Elk? We had them in northern Cal., on a game reserve. We also had Tule Elk, who roamed about anywhere there was grazing for them. It was next to impossible to get a hunting tag for one! There was a yearly drawing for a handful of tags, and it cost money just to be in the drawing!
AHA! The two names are for the same beast, basically. I watched a lot of the smaller Tule elk in game reserves in California. And the Reesevelt and Rocky Mountain are pretty similar, except the Roosevelt is darker. Wow, I've seen three of the types in my life, but never had a chance to hunt any of them! They have a large herd in Northern California, that winters right along the coast, and Hwy 101. They are a sight to behold! The creatures are magnificent to watch, as they graze the shoulders of the highway. They act as if they have never been hunted, which may be the case up there. I'm just glad I've had the opportunity to watch so many of them.
Ah, but if you wanna see LOTS of elk, go visit the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming, in the winter. They feed 'em there, and it's not unusual to see 10,000 elk hanging out for the free chow, with a few buffalo mixed in. I rode a wagon out through the herd, and it was awesome! Freakin' cold too.
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