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Old 03-30-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Late March visit to the National Elk Refuge

Last Wednesday I was out on the National Elk Refuge with a group of eighth grade students and we watched some late season dominance behavior between several Bull elk - here are some images showing what we saw...
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:38 PM   #2
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No shortage of Elk. Those kids must have stood there with their mouths wide open. The second photo is my favorite.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:41 PM   #3
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When we were there the count placed some 7000+ elk on the refuge. Due to the weather just after our visit (heavy snow) they are going to continue supplemental feeding until next week.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:48 PM   #4
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Last Wednesday I was out on the National Elk Refuge with a group of eighth grade students and we watched some late season dominance behavior between several Bull elk - here are some images showing what we saw...
Fantastic sight, Dave! That must be so amazing to see in person! How do you feed them?
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:06 PM   #5
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They get Alfalfa pellets - about two inches long. They get dumped in feed lines from the back of a tractor. Each day they try and move the feed area to prevent an outbreak of hoof rot from so many elk in the same area...
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:50 AM   #6
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Each day they try and move the feed area to prevent an outbreak of hoof rot from so many elk in the same area...
So many things to consider when you're trying to help wildlife.
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:55 PM   #7
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Amazing photos, again. Thanks Dave. I envy you the experience, but not the snow.
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I thought they had decided they weren't going to supplemental feed this year?
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:40 PM   #9
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Excellent photos.
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