National Elk Refuge Photography Gallery

Bighorn Sheep Ram Standing in Sagebrush
Miller House and Elk Herd
Rocky Mountain Bluebird on Sagebrush
Young Bighorn Sheep Rams
Elk Herd Below Grand Teton
Bluebird Flying in Sagebrush
Young Ram on Rocky Cliffs
Coyote Above Bighorn Sheep
Single Trumpeter Swan in Pond
Elk Herd Below Tetons
Winter Storm over Elk Herd
Sunset Clouds Above Sleeping Indian
Ducks in Flat Creek
Ducks in Fog and Flat Creek
Canada Goose and Goslings in Grass
Stormy Sunset over Sheep Mountain
Frosted Grasses at Sunset
Jackson in Winter Below Snow King
East Jackson Below Lifting Winter Fog
Miller House in Spring Thaw
Rainbow Over Flat Creek
Grand Teton Poking Out of Fog
Teton Mountains Breaking Through Fog
Swans and Cygnets in Flat Creek
Mother Goose and Goslings
Jackson Hole Elk Herd
Bighorn Sheep Ram with Broken Horn
Bighorn Sheep Ram Following Scent
Bighorn Sheep Lamb in Snow
Bighorn Sheep Ewe Accumulating Snow
Majestic Bighorn Sheep Ram
Majestic Bighorn Sheep Ram
Bighorn Sheep Ram in Snow
Bighorn Sheep Lamb and Ewe
Little Horsethief Fire Above Jackson, Wyoming
Bighorn Sheep Ram Smiling
Sunset Cloud Above the Sleeping Indian
Coyote in Tall Grass and Snow
Bighorn Sheep Scrambling on Cliffs
Bighorn Sheep Scrambling on Cliffs
Coyote Walking Through Snow
Coyote Walking Through Snow
Elk on the National Elk Refuge
Bald Eagle in Flight
Barrow's Goldeneye in Water
Otter Along Flat Creek
Sun Dog Over the National Elk Refuge
Otter on Ice

National Elk Refuge Information

Created in 1912, the National Elk Refuge attracts not just 5,000-10,000 elk each winter, but also bighorn sheep, wolves, coyotes, and foxes. Covering roughly 25,000 acres, it protects a vital part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. An unfortunate aspect to the refuge is the vegetation along Flat Creek, or lack thereof in this case. Willows and cottonwood trees are prevented from growing each season due to the abundance of elk each winter. This prevents beavers from building any dams and slowing down Flat Creek. As a result, the creek is eroding heavily into the ground much more so than what is healthy.

84 total photos in this gallery

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