To many Elk posts leaves me speechless. I do not know if it is the same cow but they were both taken the same day in the same area, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Not to worry I will switch things up on Thursday and post something other than Elk, maybe.
My post are normally scheduled post often uploaded an completed as many as two to three weeks in advance. This one was no different, but after reading the Pa. Wildlife Photographer (Willard's site) last evening I felt the need to update this post. The Elk hunting season is underway in Pennsylvania and I will not take information from his post and copy it here but I will ask you to click the link and visit his site for additional information. I will say that unconfirmed reports are that the large 8X9 bull featured in the November 2 post and the header for this site was taken during the hunt. I spent enough time around these beautiful animals during the rut and this guy in particular to know that he was not scared of humans and was acclimated to people. He would not have posed a sport to shoot no matter what the story ends up being. I want everyone to know that I am not against hunting and hunted for years along with many members of my family. But somehow shooting one of the Elk that is acclimated to people and spends his time around the town of Benezette possible being hand fed from time to time is no different than shooting the neighbors dog as he is chained to his dog house and mounting his head on the wall. It is just not a sport and needs to change.
My son and I had planned a December trip back to photograph the Elk in the snow. Unfortunately he will not get to enjoy this great animal the way I and so many others did. You know some people just really piss me off.