The Elk are moving into our fields. We live on the valley floor and we don’t get a lot of elk normally in our fields except this time of year. This year we got quite a bit of snow early. The deeper the snow gets up in the mountains the farther down the mountain they come until they are in the valley looking for food. It has also been said the abundance of wolves we have here has also pushed them down out of the mountains.
Long line of elk coming down the mountain
This year our third crop hay was cut a little earlier. Because of this, it grew up a few inches leaving quite a bit of alfalfa for the elk to eat. It is quite a sight to see over 300 elk coming down in a mile long line towards our fields. They jump the fences and file in to start churning up the snow in the field. By the time they finish they have overturned all of the snow and eaten everything they can find underneath it.
We do enjoy watching the elk out in the fields but worry about our trees, yard, and haystacks. It wouldn’t take long for them to totally tear it all apart and ruin things. Last year they were here for a month and a half grazing in our fields.
Jumping over the fence
When the sun starts to come up they are halfway up the hill going back to the mountain to rest for the day. Don’t worry they will be back again in someone’s fields when the sun goes down.
Lead Cow Elk
After the sun comes up you can see our field is no longer smooth and glisten in the sun. During the day we watch another visitor. Be sure and watch for another post of who that visitor is.
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