Here in the Pa Wilds...
the elk are bugling!
|Pennsylvania elk bugling|
Paul Harvey was right, the elk's bugling is "music" rolling off the hills.
|Bull elk bugling while standing in the Sinnemahoning|
the thrill of seeing the elk roaming the Pa Wilds.
Some folks call it "elk viewing".
Well, there is a lot of drama to see while "viewing" the elk herds.
Those of you familiar with elk know what's happening in the photo below... paralleling.
These bull elk aren't buddies. They are mortal enemies challenging each other to fight for dominence and for the harem of cows (25 or so of them off to the right of the picture).
If he doesn't meet the charge head-on he'll be wounded or killed.
|Bull elk fighting on Winslow Hill, Benezette, Pa.|
The defeated elk went off alone
Must be tough knowing the other bull is king of the mountain.Not all of the activity is dramatic clashes or echoing bugles.
Some of it is more serene, like this bull elk walking among the goldenrod...
or this cow and calf on a gravel bar along the Sinnemahoning.
Elk in Pennsylvania's mountains.
Ah yes, and there's music in them thar hills!