Watching a leaden sky lowering on Missouri with a heavy load of snow reminds me of last week’s trip to Kentucky. Videographer Kevin Muenks, Wildlife Photographer Noppadol Paothong and I drove up into the Appalachian Mountains to document the veterinary workup of 46 cows, calves and young bull elk destined for Missouri’s elk restoration program. A storm system like the current one, though quite a bit smaller, chased us back to Missouri, but not before we got a glimpse of winter on the Cumberland Plateau. Watching the breath of “our elk” solidify in the chill mountain air provided a hint of what Missourians will get to witness in a short time.
Then someone sent me a link to a video of bull elk bugling and sparring in Yellowstone National Park (listed in the "External Resources" box below this post). I couldn’t resist. Maybe you can’t either.
Just imagine witnessing a spectacle like this in the Ozarks. It’s coming.
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