As I was walking the rolling slopes of the big hay field soon to be filled with the new mothers and calves, I noticed that I was not alone.
Over the horizon of the next hillock, sets of eyes were watching.
They were watching me intently as I tried to get a good count on the critters.
Before the herd took off in a mass evacuation, I counted at least 30 elk. I saw 3 with horns, 2 of them being spikes and one branch bull. Several of this years calves were spotted mixed in with the big cows even though it is hard to distinguish them while the herd is moving because they must weigh 400 lbs. or more already.
In a flash, the herd jumped the fence and headed off into the trees. The sound of the herd crashing through the river sounded a few minutes later as they ran to safer ground.