September 16, 2013 Yellowstone National Park

At last, battle scenes!

Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish

Well, maybe more like skirmishes.

( As always, just click on any image for a larger, sharper version. I do apologize for these shots being a little flat, but there was very little light to work with at 7 AM this morning. )

Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish

 

 

 

 

 

Out by 7 AM , went through town and scouted for Elk a few miles west of town. Found one large harem being closely bunched and guarded by a large bull, but unfortunately they were just a little too far off for photos. On my way back home I encountered two bulls sparing, I don’t think they were real serious about their little battle, since there were no cows around to fight over, though the jousting did intensify the longer they went at it, so maybe it was a turf war? Either way, it looks like things are starting to heat up around here, but I may have to speak to the fight promoter and have him schedule these bouts about an hour later when there is a little better light.

Old busted nose
Old busted nose

 

 

 

 

 

 

This guy has a very distinctive profile, according to one of the rangers, he broke his nose last year butting cars, a habit more than a few of these guys have. After watching these bulls for a a week or so, I find it amazing that more people aren’t injured by them here in Mammoth.

Mammoth Village
Mammoth Village
Cars and elk
Downtown mixed traffic
Mixed traffic in Mammoth
Mixed traffic in Mammoth

 

There are a lot of people, some doing some pretty stupid things, sharing the sidewalks and roads with these guys, and they are aggressive and move really fast! Plus what I have witnessed so far is before their hormones kick into high gear since the rut is barely starting, no mating has occurred yet.

Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish

 

 

 

 

 

Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish
Elk skirmish

 

 

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