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09/23/2004 04:29:46 PM · #1
They don't seem to like it much... ;o)
09/23/2004 04:33:17 PM · #2
lol. i wish they had the photo so we could see if it was worth it. I was charged by an elk once when trying to take a photo too, luckily i positioned myself behind a tree and it was just trying to scare me off not really crazy like this one seems to be
09/23/2004 04:34:23 PM · #3
or get this close to a buff.
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09/23/2004 04:34:38 PM · #4
LOL! I'm sorry but that's just stupidity on the photographer's part. What an idiot!

Poor Elk, I would have been mad too! He probably wanted a copy of the shot for his girlfriend!

But this isn't the first time idiots have gotten too close to the wildlife in any State Park, especially Yellowstone despite all the warnings, signs and talks.

Deannda
Some people ask for trouble, he was one of them
09/23/2004 04:36:18 PM · #5
Originally posted by JPR:

lol. i wish they had the photo so we could see if it was worth it.

Flash photo? Of wildlife outdoors? Perhaps this is a case of natural selection at work ...
09/23/2004 04:37:53 PM · #6
Originally posted by midnightride2:

or get this close to a buff.
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I think the least she could've done is to choose a different color. She's just asking to be gored. Toro!!!
09/23/2004 04:39:59 PM · #7
Originally posted by khkai:

Originally posted by midnightride2:

or get this close to a buff.
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I think the least she could've done is to choose a different color. She's just asking to be gored. Toro!!!

I don't know about the American Bison, but I believe the traditional "Toro" is colorblind, and is attracted by the motions of the matador's cape, not its color.
09/23/2004 04:40:31 PM · #8
Moral for Elk:
When in Yellowstone, don't gore the annoying tourists or someone may cut off your antlers.
09/23/2004 04:43:41 PM · #9
All that just because some stupid 60 yr old photographer wanted a damn picture!

I think he should be fined, jailed and made to reimburse all expenses!

Then take his damn camera away!

ROFLMAO
09/23/2004 04:52:37 PM · #10
When i was there, you wouldn't believe how close people were.

The best part? You always have someone closer than you to the wildlife, so you're a bit safer :^) Several of my shots made at 10 yards (which is already way too close) had tourist about 5-10 feet away from the animal :)

09/23/2004 04:54:12 PM · #11
you would be surprised at how many idiots are trolling thru the park every year. I only live an hour away so I am ther alot. Man are some of those people dumb. Some have even tried to put their kids on buffalo's.
09/23/2004 04:58:13 PM · #12
I am stunned by this story!

An animal is doing exactly what an animal is supposed to do, an Elk is being an Elk. Then, it is punished by the loss of its antlers because of the ignorance and stupidity of the photographer.

If it was up to me, I would have cut something off of the photographer instead. He was the moron. I do not see much to laugh about in this story - how truly sad.
09/23/2004 05:02:23 PM · #13
Originally posted by Morgan:

I am stunned by this story!

An animal is doing exactly what an animal is supposed to do, an Elk is being an Elk. Then, it is punished by the loss of its antlers because of the ignorance and stupidity of the photographer.

If it was up to me, I would have cut something off of the photographer instead. He was the moron. I do not see much to laugh about in this story - how truly sad.


I'm not laughing at the story but the stupidity of the photographer. He deserved to be gored and more for being that stupid. As for the Elk, he should not have lost his antlers, that I agree with and believe me, if I remember the crowd from that area there will be a HUGE stink over this before it's finished.

Deannda
Montana Native
09/23/2004 05:03:02 PM · #14
One time there was a bear and her cubs, big group of people around(this was before the rangers got there to supervise) one lady would go down to look and then retreat screaming for no reason. Bears like that. then to my right a guy is walking down close to them with a ham sanwhich in his hand. Heard someone say that people couldn't be attacked in a zoo. GUESS WHAT people, it is not a zoo. Friggin morons. And I have to agree with morgan, it is sad that they had to cut the elk.
09/23/2004 05:06:05 PM · #15
They always have those ridiculous shows...wild animals gone horribly wrong or whatever they're called. And it's clips of things like people wrapping a bull's horns and then lighting them on fire and then...GASP...the bull charges around trying to put the fire out and runs into some people! Clearly a very evil animal!

Honestly.
09/23/2004 05:12:16 PM · #16
When I was there I saw this amazing cloud of steam from old faithful, but I got real bad scores for the challenge,
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09/23/2004 05:12:44 PM · #17
Originally posted by G4Ds:

One time there was a bear and her cubs, big group of people around(this was before the rangers got there to supervise) one lady would go down to look and then retreat screaming for no reason. Bears like that. then to my right a guy is walking down close to them with a ham sanwhich in his hand. Heard someone say that people couldn't be attacked in a zoo. GUESS WHAT people, it is not a zoo. Friggin morons. And I have to agree with morgan, it is sad that they had to cut the elk.


You see this way to often, people forget these are wild animals and you are in there domain.
09/23/2004 05:15:00 PM · #18
Yup. Of course they all choose to ignore the constant signs and posts telling you to not get close to the animals.

Originally posted by midnightride2:

Originally posted by G4Ds:

One time there was a bear and her cubs, big group of people around(this was before the rangers got there to supervise) one lady would go down to look and then retreat screaming for no reason. Bears like that. then to my right a guy is walking down close to them with a ham sanwhich in his hand. Heard someone say that people couldn't be attacked in a zoo. GUESS WHAT people, it is not a zoo. Friggin morons. And I have to agree with morgan, it is sad that they had to cut the elk.


You see this way to often, people forget these are wild animals and you are in there domain.
09/23/2004 05:16:14 PM · #19
Originally posted by Neuferland:

[quote=Morgan] I am stunned by this story!

An animal is doing exactly what an animal is supposed to do, an Elk is being an Elk. Then, it is punished by the loss of its antlers because of the ignorance and stupidity of the photographer.

If it was up to me, I would have cut something off of the photographer instead. He was the moron. I do not see much to laugh about in this story - how truly sad.


By cutting off the antlers it takes away the animals ability to protect its self from other Predators.



Message edited by author 2004-09-23 17:18:18.
09/23/2004 05:35:53 PM · #20
Originally posted by midnightride2:

Originally posted by Neuferland:

[quote=Morgan] I am stunned by this story!

An animal is doing exactly what an animal is supposed to do, an Elk is being an Elk. Then, it is punished by the loss of its antlers because of the ignorance and stupidity of the photographer.

If it was up to me, I would have cut something off of the photographer instead. He was the moron. I do not see much to laugh about in this story - how truly sad.


By cutting off the antlers it takes away the animals ability to protect its self from other Predators.


Like humans.
09/23/2004 06:15:06 PM · #21
All too often I see photos of people with their 5 year old children within 5 feet of both bison and elk to have pictures taken. Its idiosy!
09/23/2004 06:22:28 PM · #22
Originally posted by caba:

When I was there I saw this amazing cloud of steam from old faithful, but I got real bad scores for the challenge,
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Shame too - was one of the more amazing shots I have seen in a while.
09/23/2004 06:29:51 PM · #23
The story said they cut off the antlers after the same elk went after a park worker. It's still a better fate then most animals that have went after a human. And... I don't think the Elk in yellowstone have any predators so that's not really a worry.

I've heard elk are pretty mean, I'd never approach one. I have moved in closer for a better of wildlife before, but never in a threatenaing manner or with a flash bulb, and only with animals that I knew enough about to be fairly certain it wouldn't be an issue.
09/23/2004 06:53:24 PM · #24
Originally posted by louddog:

The story said they cut off the antlers after the same elk went after a park worker. It's still a better fate then most animals that have went after a human. And... I don't think the Elk in yellowstone have any predators so that's not really a worry.

I've heard elk are pretty mean, I'd never approach one. I have moved in closer for a better of wildlife before, but never in a threatenaing manner or with a flash bulb, and only with animals that I knew enough about to be fairly certain it wouldn't be an issue.


Wolves, Grizzly Bears, Mountain Lions

Message edited by author 2004-09-23 18:54:33.
09/23/2004 06:57:27 PM · #25
If elk are like deer, they grow new antlers every year, so cutting them off is not a huge deal, nor is it some kind of permanent mutilation, they'll grow back next year. They are also not for protection, but mating rituals (fighting with other bull to see who gets the girl). In elk world, the bigger the antlers, the more badass you are.

Their real defense against predators lies in their speed and numbers. The predators will go after the weak and the slow ones, not a healthy but antlerless bull.

Still, the guy with the camera is a dumbass and I really don't feel to bad for him.

Message edited by author 2004-09-23 19:00:14.
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