Awoke to just a light dusting of snow on the ground and decided to take a chance and go out looking for wildlife. Took the Moose-Wilson road over to the Park and immediately ran into a group of elk along the road, but it was too dark to get any photos. Well that was an encouraging sign.
Just outside Teton Village there is a very large, perhaps 30 acres, fenced in horse pasture right alongside the road. As I was passing, I could see all 30 or 40 horses standing at attention and staring up the pasture at another band of elk, in the pasture with them. Again, it was still too dark and snowing fairly heavy, so I continued by.
But then, I caught sight of the bull elk escorting these females and he was missing most of one side of his set of antlers, so I made a uturn and headed back to check them out a little better.
It was interesting watching the interaction of the elk with all the horses. The cow elk leading this group pretty clearly was intent on getting around the bunch of horses and wanted to get out of the pasture and cross the road. All the horses just stood like statues as the dozen or so elk, with the antler challenged bull pushing the herd, weaved through and around the horses, never getting real close to any individual horse. None of the horses ever moved so much as an inch. Once past the horses, the lead cow elk made for the roadside fence and easily leapt over it, and all the rest of the elk did the same, crossing the road and leaping over another fence to make it to a pasture with no resident horses where they settled in to graze.
All this great action with not enough light to shoot and with snow coming down sideways. I still attempted to document the bull elk and his missing antler, but as you can see, the conditions were a little challenging.
Continued into the park and came across a lone cow moose making her way across a field and heading for a probable road crossing. I pulled over where I thought she might come out and waited.The snow now was coming down hard enough that the camera had great difficulty focusing on the moose and kept wandering in and out of focus from the snowfall.
Discouraged, I turned around and headed back home to wait it out, no sense wasting gas if there was no way to do any shooting this morning.