Have you ever been stalked by a Bison? Its rather eerie. Back in April, I went out to explore Johnsons Plateau beyond the prairie dog town and to capture a particular shot, I wanted, but it didnt happen this time. I started out on the western edge of the P.Dog town and wandered along the edges making my way east, taking a few snaps of flowers and of the female group that was anywhere from 75-100 meters or more away. At some point I caught her attention, she slowly moved the grazing herd towards my direction. The slow movement of the herd really wasnt noticable at first, but I did realize that evening wasnt going to be normal. I was ignoring the small herd for the most part. The golden hour had hit and the elk were out along some outter valleys. I was keeping an eye on them, then I spotted my new target for the evening. A bull with antlers still attached, with golden light!
By this time the herd was still moving north, and I had moved north as well. I knew something was a bit different, but she never showed any signs of agitation or other typical Bison behavioral signs. I started to move towards the elk, being blinded by the sunset, keeping an eye on her. The gap between us became slightly less then comfortable, as I had lost the elks location and she was coming westward now. I decided I needed put more space between us, so with camera in hand and a 15lb pack, I jogged through some sagebrush to the otherside. Hoping she wouldnt bother anymore. I dropped down into a small draw and back up the otherside to leave her sight. I popped back up and and looked behind me. She was standing there looking at me from the sagebrush. Luckily a Bull Bison was there. She turned back, but still kept an eye on me. I was rather relieved when the persuate was over. She turned the herd back north and I made my way across the P.Dog town, to be meet by a coyote from earlier.
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