“October Buck”

© Teklanika Photography 2009
© Teklanika Photography 2009

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Roxborough State Park, Colorado
Sony A200
Sony 75-300mm lens @ 300mm
1/500 sec @ f5.6
iso 250
© Teklanika Photography 2009

“Colorado Mule Deer”

© Teklanika Photography 2014
© Teklanika Photography 2014

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Beulah, Colorado
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 300mm
1/200 sec @ f5.6
iso 200
© Teklanika Photography 2014

“Mule Deer”

© Teklanika Photography 2013
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Mule Deer”

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
04/12/2013
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 300mm
1/200 sec @ f5.6
iso 200
© Teklanika Photography 2013

“Muley”

© Teklanika Photography 2009
© Teklanika Photography 2009

A warm autumn afternoon in Colorado, and the mule deer bucks were out in full force.

“Muley”
Roxborough State Park, Colorado
09/22/2009
Sony A200
Sony 75-300mm lens @ 135mm
1/60 sec @ f5.6
iso 400
© Teklanika Photography 2009

Blood on the Tracks

courtesy of Outdoor Life
by Andrew McKean

Earlier this winter, as the first wave of deep snow and arctic cold slammed northeastern Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ game warden Todd Anderson was dispatched early one morning by the Valley County (Montana) Sheriff’s office.

“I was told that the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad) engineer had just called to say his train had hit a herd of antelope west of Vandalia, and there were wounded animals to dispatch,” Anderson told me this week. “I drove out there, and as I got close, I was flagged down by a railroad worker.”

The incident had happened a mile from the nearest crossing, so the BNSF employee offered to drive Anderson to the scene in his converted pickup, outfitted with a locomotive’s running gear to travel the tracks.

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Trains Kill More Than 800 Antelope & Deer on Montana Tracks This Winter

courtesy of The Missoulian
by The Associated Press

Hundreds of pronghorn antelope and deer have been killed by trains in Montana this winter after herds gathered on tracks to escape deep snows, a state wildlife official says.

Mark Sullivan, of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, said that a train recently killed about 270 pronghorn antelope near Vandalia in northeastern Montana, and 18 deer were found dead on the tracks by a grain elevator near Chinook.

Many antelope not killed by the impact had to be destroyed by Blaine County authorities.

“To hunt and shoot animals is just different than shooting wounded animals like that,” Blaine County Undersheriff Pat Pyette told the Great Falls Tribune. “You’re close to it. You can look into their eyes. We see a lot of things, but (the deputy) was sick to his stomach after that.”

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