Following on from the coyotes, here are some more wildlife shots of male elk chilling out in the evening light.
Don't be deceived...even the elk without their antlers (above) are blokes. Elk shed their antlers due to a drop in testosterone after their exploits in the rut. Now, I am finally delivering on my promise of providing some Bear shots. Whilst the photographs below are far from the best quality photographs owing to the distance and the low light, I absolutely had to share this, my very first sighting of a momma bear with her two cubs. These cubs are probably around 1 year old and the difference in colour between these 3 'black' bears is striking. The cinnamon cub is standing on its hind legs to get a better look at me and my small road trip crew. So why are these bears loitering on the train tracks I hear you ask? The answer is that the bears frequent the tracks looking for spilled grain from passing train carriages, particularly when the berries (that they love) are scarce when they first wake from hibernation. This can unfortunately bring with it tragic consequences. When the grain is left to mix with rainwater it causes the grain to ferment and that can result in some pretty drunk bears passing out on or near the train tracks. As a result, this can result in some train collisions.
Again, not the best photograph at all however as I was photographing the family of bears photographed above, this fella appeared from my right hand side, similarly competing for the grain.