Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Ridge Elk

Starting right after the first big snow storm, I've been seeing elk prints up on the Winiger Ridge. At first the elk had a hard time finding a patch of grass, so they actually had to dig down through the snow to find some food.

Gradually, the wind and the sun cleared some grassy patches, especially on the sunny south east slopes.

Today, I saw a herd of over 30 elk on the grassy slopes below the ridge.

I spooked them, and the ran up over the ridge and into the safety of the dense forest on the north side of the ridge.

I thought to myself that is was a huge amount weight (30 elk) to move around, powered by nothing but grass.