I can't find the article, but I know that I originally saw those pictures on the Denver Post website. It seems like those where taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, or close to that area. If I find the article again, I will add the link. Pretty cool pictures anyway.
I saw the pictures as well in one of our local papers. I know it wasn't the Denver Post as I never see that one. It seems everyone has tried to cash in on the picture and claim it as local. It looks pretty cool but still seems pretty unlikely except with the tamest of elk.
I still question the authenticity of the pictures. There is a no tresspassing sign in the background - it could be for the land beyond the stream but I think the pictures are photo-shopped. Or it could be true if a man-of-the-cloth is the one saying it happened?!?!?!
I still say photo-shopped. There is no way that I would be that close to a wild elk weather it was in Estes Park or anywhere else unless I had my bow in my hand. Wild elk are way to unpredictable to be close enough to reach out and touch them no matter where they are found.
Thats too funny!!! I don't know if the photo's are shopped or not but I have a few fishing holes that I fish. I have had elk come out of the tree's not 10 feet from me before and drink out of the river. I have also had deer stand 5 feet off the trail and just watch me walk by. I have even had a bear come out to the river 50 feet up river from me before. If it was a resident herd and are used to people in the area then the chances of this actually happening are pretty good.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....