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Too bad the little fella is probably dead by now.
The northern Yellowstone elk herd (Gardiner/Mammoth area) has been cut from 19,000 elk before the wolves were introduced to less than 6,000 today.
Open your eyes people!!! Wolves are decimating elk herds throughout the Yellowstone ecosystem. Something has to be done soon or we will not be able to enjoy images like this much longer, unless it comes from a city zoo somewhere.
One of the things I dislike most in parks is the human imprinting that takes place in the animals. This is an example of why hunting is so important it keeps the "wild" in the wildlife.
The photos were awesome!! But we shouldn't forget, they are wild animals. The comment from Andrew McKean was true. A Buffalo nonchalantly chewing his cud is still a wild animal and should be treated like one.I've seen alot of births and this just reminds me they are all,no matter what breed, mothers and babies. How great life is!!
I just came through Mammoth last weekend following a family camping trip, and there was a gigantic bison bull bedded down right at the cornerstone of the park's headquarters building. A park ranger was standing by to keep crowds away, but the old bull was just chewing his cud, surrounded by tourists, like he didn't have a care in the world. Yellowstone is like that, critters in plain sight, and sometimes almost underfoot. I did kind of worry, though, about the potential public danger if that old bull got tired of all the gawking and decided to take out a family from Peoria.
As an avid outdoorsman this truely amazing to see.
I hope they also got that on video. Even though it is a "safe" area I am surprised that she would give birth so close to people (cars, buildings, etc).
Absolutely great photos. It is amazing how deer and elk quickly figure out safety zones. Perhaps this is the start of a herd's new birthing area.
Here are some superb photos of a cow elk giving birth to her calf right next to the Administration building at Yellowstone National Park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs!
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