Ah yes, it is a tale as old as time itself. Males competing for the love and attention of the fairer sex.
This handsome elk bull was not having a good morning. His small harem was stolen away by a competitor and he found himself going stag (pun intended!). He headed off into the forest and I assumed he was gone for a while. I made my way back to my vehicle when suddenly he emerged again, leading a cow and her calf, bellowing as he gave chase.
His persistence had paid off and he had a new target for his affection. Just another day in the life of an elk bull during the rut.