The fall mating season, or rut, brings the vast majority of our area elk to Meadowbrook field for a huge gathering. They are out in the early morning or later evening, and I have been trying to hit the right timing for a photo op. I managed to stop by and it began to rain, but I got out anyway since they were so near the road and easy to photograph even in the low light. I did catch one male in pursuit of a female and caught some of their interaction, but he gave up and she wandered away from him back to the main herd.
It’s always exciting to see these large and powerful animals, and especially fun when there are so many together to watch. They are definitely wild but are not too skittish as long as the humans stay off the grass and only skirt the edges of the field.