Fort Carson has always had elk roaming the down-range area of the Army base, but recent drought conditions had forced the herds to relocate in search of better water supplies. The break in the drought is slowly seeing a return in the numbers of elk. This herd of about 40 joined up with another herd shortly after this picture was taken to form a herd of about 100 animals. It was a beautiful sight after their absence the past couple of years.
Even more promising was the number of calves that were with the herds. Almost every adult female had at least one calf by her side.
I feel I should mention that as a hunter, I shall be hunting elk this fall. That I should choose to kill an animal to feed my family does not depreciate my love for nature. If anything it has made me more aware and appreciative of the wilderness around me.