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Digging for food

Rocky Mountain National Park

This is the fourth in this series from my day off shooting on Dec. 18 (Monday) .. The National Park was carpeted in elk (as it often is - thousands of elk live in the park).

I sat with the big guy for a long while why he was eating .. I was waiting for him to look up and take notice of me .. he finally did ..

One of the most common animals in Rocky Mountain National Park is the North American Elk or Wapiti ... The elk were hunted to near extinction in the area then reintroduced in 1913. By the time of their reintroduction most of their natural predators had also been hunted to extinction and the elk have now almost taken over .. the population in Rocky Mountain National Park ranges from 1,000-3,000 depending on the season.

These are pretty large animals they can range up to 1100 pounds (495 kg) and five feet at the shoulder.
http://www.nps.gov/romo/naturescience/elk.htm

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