Bull Elk Bugling

The elk (wapiti) come down out of the higher elevations around the middle of September to prepare for their mating season. They gather in herds by the dozens, and then hundreds in the valleys throughout the park. Humans gather by the carload, in dozens and then hundreds to watch them do it. Pretty kinky, that. Park rangers keep the people pretty much near the roads, and the elk just hang out, nonchalantly grazing often right next to the road. This guy was about 20 feet away from me. He's bugling to another bull about 100 yards away, who was getting a tad too close to this one's harem of cows.
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Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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