Today's issue...Buffalo (Tatanka)
These guys are huge,they stand 5- 6.5 feet tall, can weigh over 1 ton, can run 40 mph. It was the middle of the rut, so must of the buffalo were in the valleys. Occasionally we saw one lone bull, here and there in the park, the park employees said they were bulls past their prime and would not be joining the rut.
Part of their display to impress the lady buffalo is rolling in the dirt, the bigger dust cloud you make the better... I have a some what blurred picture of a huge bull...throwing his weight around...
|Here he is standing|
|Here he is rolling.|
I left the cars and people in so you can get an idea of his size. His lady friends were to the left out of the picture
Following are some shots of other bulls around the park.
This fellow is pretty old, he has scars on his flanks. He was up in the mountains around the lake, pretty much done with the chasing women part of his life.
this is his take on tourist.
We went over to the Lamar valley were the ladies and calves were. Lots of young bulls there, rolling , pawing the ground, pushing each other around.
I saw a little red calf, a late season calf.
He should be as big as the brown calf behind him. Our wild life guide said it was likely he will not make it through the winter.
Tomorrow, the small stuff!