One of my favorite questions that was recorded as most
commonly asked by tourists was, "When do deer turn into elk?"
I took these photos today on the western slope of Colorado where snow fall has been breaking all time records. The sage and grassy hillsides are covered with thick blankets of deep snow and sprinkled throughout the vast whiteness are dark dots where elk and deer are digging to the ground for food. I saw hundreds of deer over an 8 mile stretch near town and two large herds of elk. I thought hay was being brought in for some of the wildlife, but a rancher said it was left over hay and the animals are not being fed by anyone or any government agency. Below is an elk who found hay with some horses.
but it's never the least bit disappointing to see wildlife in any kind of weather.