Horns in Wyoming

A few years ago we stayed in Jackson Hole on our way to Yellowstone National Park. In Jackson town centre is the George Washington Memorial Park which has four archways built entirely out of elk antlers. There are approximately 2,000 antlers to each arch.

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On our travels through Yellowstone we saw many bison, the largest land mammal in North America. The males can weigh anything up to 2,000 pounds and females about 1,000 pounds. They can run up to 35 miles an hour, so it’s best not to have a race with one, as they can quickly pivot and suddenly be turning to face you.

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These bison are pure descendants of the vast herds which once roamed the grasslands of the United States and the largest bison population is to be found in Yellowstone, where they have lived continuously since prehistoric times.

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For the sake of safety, these photos were taken through the open car window.

Happy Sunday everyone.

You can also join in Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge, the topic of which is ‘Horns’.

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57 comments on “Horns in Wyoming

  1. Interesting how the elk survived, sacrificing only (mostly just) their antlers. I definitely wouldn’t want to get in the way of a bison. They may still be mad that we came close to decimating them.

  2. Good move to take the photos through the window, Sylvia. We’ve been up close and personal with bison in Yellowstone (from the van) and they are awesome. Just imagine when in the west there were bison as far as the eye could see!! As for the archway of horns, the best part is that it’s really recycling, as the horns fall off. πŸ™‚

    janet

  3. Wonderful shots of remarkable creatures. We once came across a herd on our way from Jacob’s Creek to the north Rim and watched them for ever! Like Leya, I hope the horns for that magnificent arch were dropped naturally. πŸ™‚

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