like most wildlife, will stress over fast moving actions.
When observing elk, walk slow, make all motions slower than
usual. Keep your voice levels low.
will perceive you as a threat if you are above them in elevation.
Therefore it is best to observe elk from a position lower
than they are.
are not stupid animals. Do not attempt to hide yourself
behind bushes or rocks. This will only cause stress to the
Elk which might perceive you as some sort of threat. You
may even appear foolish to them as well. They have great
awareness. Their vision, smell, hearing,and intuition are
all tuned for their survival and will not be easily fooled
by a human stalking them without their knowledge.
and automobiles do not mix well. Try to avoid driving fast
near Elk. You may find them grazing at the very edge of
the roadway foraging for their food, they may step out into
traffic lanes at any time. Beware so that you can avoid
collision with these fine animals. Damage to your vehicle
can be extreme if not in fact lethal for both you and the
elk. Avoid slamming doors, honking horns, shouting, barking
dogs, etc. If you see elk along the road it is best to slow
down and drive by them safely. Flashing your headlights
can warn oncoming traffic that wildlife is in the area.
This will all benefit the elk's safety as well as oncoming
you remain quiet and respectful to the Elk, they will allow
you to approach quite closely at times. This will allow
you the best opportunities for photography. If the elk feel
comfortable, they may take up resting in the fields right
in front of you. Times like these become cherished memories...
and worth taking the extra time for.
When photographing any wildlife, never use
a flash. Wildlife have eyes that are very sensitive to their
environment and survival. Camera flash can be very startling
to them and may even cause them harm.
Always use a zoom lens to get those closer
images when photographing wildlife.. Approaching too close
will stress the animals and may cause them to walk away
or run off. This can create many risk factors for them and
even yourself. Perhaps this may also disturb others as well
who are also trying to photographs the same wildlife.
Remember... being kind to wildlife has many mutual benefits...
Enjoy the beauty which nature has provided for us to enjoy...
While trying to make the least impact with your presence as possible...