We always carry a pair of binoculars in the car with us when visiting Yellowstone. While there are times when animals will be close to the road, other times they might be in a valley or hillside hundreds of yards away.
Almost every morning and evening we would see Elk along the road leading to the west entrance/exit of the park. One evening as we watched six female elk feeding in a field about 150 yards from the road the scene suddenly seemed to change slightly. Four calves that had been hiding in the tall grass raised their heads. Had it not been for their ears and our binoculars I donít think we would have noticed them.
These photos arenít the best because of the low light conditions and I had to use the digital zoom on my camera.
Some of the females feeding.
Four calves stick their heads up.
We watched these Elk for a long time and then a buck just seemed to appear from nowhere.
Of course there were times when the Elk were very close to the road. Anytime animals are close to the road it will cause a major traffic tie-up.