October 1, 2022

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Elk gather in RMNP for the greatest sex show on turf

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Written and illustrated by Peter Moore, Special to The Colorado Sun

I was heavily laden and hiking in the Never Summer Wilderness one September, when I came upon a shocking sight. There, about a quarter mile from the trailhead, was an even more heavily laden backcountry visitor, sweating in streams, sitting on a folding camp chair, dressed head-to-toe in camo, a scary-looking hunting bow strapped to the backpack that was leaning against his left knee, which he was mournfully rubbing. 

The hunter asked: “Seen any elk?”

A watercolor of elk hiding behind trees while a hunter sits in the middle of the trail

That’s the question this time of year in Colorado, when the elk are in rut and the humans are collateral damage. 

North America’s biggest (and pointiest) mammals clip clop down Elkhorn Avenue in downtown Estes Park, recline on…

Peter Moore

2022-09-18 03:10:00

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