On January 3rd., 2013 Elaine,Konner,Kayden, and I drove up to the Oak creek Elk Feeding Station which is about 25 miles west of Yakima on Hwy 12, the White Pass Highway.

The elk are fed every day at 1:30 PM.I didn't know that elk could tell time, but they must be able to ,because there were about 600 of them there waiting for lunch. They estimate the number of animals by counting the legs and dividing by four.

The elk are fed during the winter, and they get a beer garden in the summer.

While a vast majority was waiting there were a few that came just in time.

Elk photos January 2013.

Visitor Center.

Elk photos January 2013.

Hanging around before lunch.

Elk photos January 2013.

More waiting.

Elk photos January 2013.

Still here.

Elk photos January 2013.

Waiting in the snow.

Elk photos January 2013.

Where's that damn truck?

The elk are born around March, but sometimes one will be born late, and as a result it will be smaller and weaker.When winter arrives,most of these will not make it.

Elk photos January 2013.

A smaller and weaker elk.

Elk photos January 2013.

Relaxing before eating.What else is there for then to do?

Elk photos January 2013.

Still before lunch.

Elk photos January 2013.

Antlers.

Elk photos January 2013.

More antlers.

Elk photos January 2013.

Lots of big antlers.

The hay is stored in a large shed. Around 1:25 in the afternoon the elk start migrating toward it. The hay truck starts out at 1:30 PM, and starts dropping piles of hay as it slowly drives through the feeding area. It goes about half of a mile before it runs out of hay, and the elk who aren't already eating follow it to the end.

The hay is dropped in piles, and groups of elk descend upon individual piles. There seems to be a dominant male at each hay pile, and he decides which elk in the group gets to eat.

Elk photos January 2013.

Hay shed.

Elk photos January 2013.

Gathering at the hay shed fence.

Elk photos January 2013.

Truck leaving the shed.

Elk photos January 2013.

Hay dropped on the ground.

Elk photos January 2013.

Lunch time.

Elk photos January 2013.

Eating hay.

Elk photos January 2013.

Following the truck.

Elk photos January 2013.

Almost at the end of the line.

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