Nothing was escaping the watchful eyes of this handsome elk bull. He was closely watching a couple of potential competitors nearby when this young member of his harem started to wander off. That of course was unsatisfactory and the bull was quick to get the little one back with the group.
Taken back in September at the height of the rut. It is over now but I thankfully captured a lot of cool pics of this years mating rituals. Taken in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.