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Monday, September 30, 2013

Pennsylvania Elk Range, Day Three

Day Three, Pennsylvania Elk Range

On the third day or our visit we decided to explore Sinnemahoning State Park where we were camped during our trip.  A small herd of elk, as well as numerous other species of wildlife, were supposed to reside in the park.  The facilities were nice, and the scenery beautiful…
 
The only wildlife to be seen was a fawn, two or three does and lots of squirrels...
 
 
After searching from one end of the park to the other, we gave up and headed for Benezette.  As we neared the elk viewing area we spotted several animals bedded in a thick stand of pine trees.  Using my stealthy, ninja stalking skills, I was able to move among them undetected (NOT)! 
They were actually so habituated to humans that they showed no alarm as I photographed them from only  several feet away…
 




This cow was grazing just outside the door of a cabin that was for sale.  Having elk this close would be a great selling feature for me...


Dewey Road, on Winslow Hill, provided the expected elk sightings as the animals alternated between grazing in the field and moving to a shaded hillside to bed down…
 






The ride back to the state park was uneventful until we reached the small town of Driftwood.  There, we encountered a bull elk, a cow, and a calf.  All were feeding in the parking lot of a small store and gas station...
 



Just across the creek were three spike bulls, two of which displayed the antler abnormality which led to them being called “helicopter” bulls by the locals…
 
 


 
The final leg of the trip back to the campground produced this young bull, grazing on the side of the road...
 
 
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