Hoggie and Dylan recently posted much better shots of these two bulls at China Garden, but not interacting. On Saturday they decided to duke it out on the traffic island at Mammoth — not the place for good images, but it’s fascinating to watch elk — and human — behavior at close range. One of these guys bedded down with a few cows right underneath our window at the MHS hotel and bugled off and on throughout the night.No idea how it got started — must have been years in the past — but the traffic islands at Mammoth have been fought over (and peed on!) so much that they seem to have become something like
Madison Square Garden for bull elk.Looking for some butt to kick — At least he uses the crosswalk!
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This traffic island ain’t big enough for the both of us!
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Mine! All mine!!
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Remember this if the picnic tables are full and you’re tempted to have a picnic on the grass….
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Polishing the antlers for the next battle….
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So whaddya think, Wildlife Management Guy? Am I the King, or What???
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