Wednesday, August 6, 2008

elk in the mist

Yesterday as I drove to the first day of faculty in-service training for Fall 2008, I spotted four elk ambling along a dirt road away from US 119 near Kona, KY. I spotted the calf first even though he was slightly farther away, as he was walking on the outer edge of the road out of the shadows. At first I thought "deer," but realized that he didn't look quite right, and then he looked over his shoulder at his elders and I noticed them, three adults, either young adult males with no antlers or adult females. They are larger and bulkier than deer. It was awesome. I knew that great efforts had been made to reestablish elk in Kentucky, but had not seen them myself until yesterday. [photo from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation]

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