Sitting in the barn loft watching new Tennessee mules eating with the bull elk that came in early . That winter a big bull came out of the park from either Canyon or Norris that was named Solomon . He had a radio collar on . His horns were as massive as any I’d ever seen . So thick around the base it looked fake. But both were broke off at the fourth time , a testament to the poor growth those summers in Yellowstone . He stayed three days and turned around and left . I’ve always thought that radio collars affect the animals that wear them . The spike they radio collared in the breaks and he went to Missouri. Many times radio collared deer from the Gardiner area did the same with wild erratic migrations . One to West Yellowstone airport and back in the summer . My thoughts . Most of these elk lived that winter . The mules were pretty dang interested in the elk , elk not so much interest in mules🙂! They were hungry . So much of Yellowstone burned in 1988! There was one big old stag with no testicles . His big six by six horns were still in velvet. At one time our home was next to the largest migration of elk in North America . Only a half mile away you could walk out and see 2500 elk and it was common . We got to see and hear the best wild things that nature had to offer . There is no place like our little homestead next to Yellowstone and the Absaroka wilderness . Nope I’m not getting homesick but telling the truth. Hope you enjoyed this .

Respectfully Warren