Elk are sometimes plentiful in the Rocky Mountains, and most are used to having gawking humans around. This bull elk, however, boisterously voiced his displeasure when we stopped our hike to take a couple of photos. We weren't as close as it appears using my zoom lens, but evidently close enough to bother the disagreeable one, who yelled like he was late for supper.
Nearly all the elk in the park are descendants of an original 49 elk transplanted from Yellowstone National Park in 1913 and 1914. This was done because the Rocky Mountain elk were thoroughly hunted, with almost none left by 1890. Now there are as many at 3,200 elk are scattered throughout the National Park during the summer and fall months, with nearly 800 elk spending winter there.
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Jack Huber has taken tens of thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.