|The Beauty of Nature: Canon 70D-Canon 300mm f2.8-ISO 400-1/320 sec. f 3.2|
|Fred Gored-2000-Canon L2 Hi-8 Camcorder Video Still Capture|
I spent over an hour with the great animal as he stood on a hillside licking his wound. After close observation it seemed likely that the wound had not penetrated vital organs and he had an excellent chance to recover.
|Fred's Wound: Canon Elan II-Lens Unknown-35mm scan|
At least one fatality resulted from a bull fight on Winslow Hill this year. To the best of my knowledge someone reported to the PGC that a bull was dead, but the officer who responded could not find the animal and asked noted elk photographer Ron "Buckwheat" Saffer if he had seen it. At this point Saffer had not, but he later found the animal and notified the PGC.
|Goring Victim: Photo Courtesy of Ronald J. Saffer- Used by permission|
Soon Wildlife Conservation Officer Doty McDowell arrived and removed the animal.
|WCO Doty McDowell Arrives: Photo Courtesy of Ronald J. Saffer- Used by permission|
|WCO Doty McDowell Removing Elk: Photo Courtesy of Ronald J. Saffer- Used by permission|
The first question someone usually asks is what did they do with the elk? I have not corresponded with WCO McDowell about this, but based on my past experience as a PGC Deputy and Maintenance worker I would expect that the elk would be not fit for human consumption. It is possible that the hide was saved and extremely likely that the antlers were salvaged and will end up being exhibited in an information/education display at some point.
Deaths from fighting are not an every day occurrence during the rut, but they are not rare either and it seems that one usually hears of one or more bulls dying each year from injuries received in a fight.
I wish to extend special thanks to Ron "Buckwheat "Saffer for sharing his photos of the incident with us.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.