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Elk in Yellowstone and Dumb Animals in YNP

 
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Jul 24, 2010 08:15 |  #16

Very nice shots. But while these people might have been dumb in the sense that they could have gotten injured, you have to take a closer look at what dumb means. In other parts of the world, these animals would be in harness or in herds like cattle. I can testify that they taste exactly like cow meat, since they eat the same plants, and, I have seen one of these exact species of elk tamed, saddled and ridden like a prized horse. Their hides are also premium grade. Just saying, there are different kinds of dumb.

I also saw the bison attack. Now that is dumb, although there was a car salesman in Phoenix that saddled one and rode it in his commercials. Go figure. :)


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Jul 24, 2010 10:49 |  #17

I've lived close to the park all my life & go there alot & have witnessed personally some incredibly stupid acts done by people who for some reason leave all their common sense & respect at home when they go on their vacations. I truely feel sorry for the rangers in YNP as their job has got to be VERY difficult trying to protect the people & the animals. The best thing we can do when we go there is try to set an example of what the right thing to do is there.
You got some great shots of some beautiful bulls!




  
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Jul 24, 2010 11:04 |  #18

Beautiful shots Marcy, love the elk in the water. You must be in wildlife heaven over there! Hope you get to see some bear. I see people everyday doing this here at the Canyon. The bulls here are quite large and I've seen up to 40 people in the woods moving in on these big guys. It's funny, I just had a dream last night that I was being chased around by a bull elk. Nice shooting Marcy, look forward to more from your trip!


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Jul 24, 2010 15:43 |  #19

Crimzon wrote in post #10593886 (external link)
But how can a 500+ pound animal, with gigantic horns, be dangerous?...:p :rolleyes:

Boy, can they be. And so are the bison they throw bottles at.


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Jul 24, 2010 17:03 |  #20

We were just there in May and I didn't see anyone as stupid as these people. But, it was the older generation there..before summer vacation hit for the younger crowds. Dummies.


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Jul 24, 2010 17:11 |  #21

WOW; That elk is HUGE compared to the people (Who are way too close). Nice pix!


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Jul 24, 2010 17:12 |  #22

At least these folks weren't as dumb as the one story I heard about, this couple in a convertible that stopped to pat a cute bear cub that they saw off the road...



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Jul 24, 2010 20:12 |  #23

nothing surprises me there, the dumbest thing I have seen yet was a young chineese lady jumping in front of a bull elk in the rut to snap a photo as it was chasing away a young bull... everyone scrambled to clear a path and she ran right towards it with her little P&S, I yelled for her to get out of the way and she smiled at me I dont think she had a clue what I said, luckily the elk just went by her but I thought she was going to get smoked !


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Jul 24, 2010 22:41 |  #24

The parks have rules that you are not supposed to approach wildlife within certain distances but people do it all the time. Last year in the GSMNP I saw countless people doing the same with bears and whitetails. Most of them had cell phone cameras in hand and charging to get a shot!


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Jul 24, 2010 22:46 |  #25

Two weeks ago, I saw a group of four people about 20 feet from a 250 pound black bear. When the black bear decided to walk towards them the people jumped into a stranger's car. They were lucky the car doors were not locked and the bear wasn't interested in them. I also saw people hanging out of the sun roof of a car to take cell-phone pictures of another black bear sitting on top of a dumpster about four feet from the car's open sun roof.


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Jul 25, 2010 01:10 |  #26

dano57 wrote in post #10597789 (external link)
The parks have rules that you are not supposed to approach wildlife within certain distances but people do it all the time. Last year in the GSMNP I saw countless people doing the same with bears and whitetails. Most of them had cell phone cameras in hand and charging to get a shot!

A nice young black bear(I believe a year old) was killed this year because of someone who let it approach within feet for a close up shot. It nipped the idiot's foot and because of this the park service killed the bear.


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Jul 25, 2010 07:22 |  #27

Great shots. Really like #1. Would like to see that same shot in another month or two, after the velvet is off and the antlers are polished.

Regarding the "dumb" animals, the only shot missing from your collage is the one where Grandma puts little grandson up on the back of the bison for a photo op. (LOL)! Stupid is as stupid does!


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Jul 25, 2010 07:32 |  #28

Mike55 wrote in post #10598264 (external link)
A nice young black bear(I believe a year old) was killed this year because of someone who let it approach within feet for a close up shot. It nipped the idiot's foot and because of this the park service killed the bear.

That is so unfortunate. It makes me sick to my stomach.


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Jul 25, 2010 07:36 |  #29

I must be sick, cause I find myself thinking that the person who taunts the bear ought to get the same sentence.


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Jul 25, 2010 07:56 |  #30

canonloader wrote in post #10599122 (external link)
I must be sick, cause I find myself thinking that the person who taunts the bear ought to get the same sentence.

That's not sick at all, I totally agree. Unless, of course, we're both sick...


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