While riding south of Currant Creek Peak (north of Strawberry Reservoir) , we came to snow and boggy areas. Instead of following our usual route, we dropped to a lower elevation and followed a game trail through the aspen.
To the surprise of all concerned, we met up with a herd of elk.
Daisy ran toward them, but came right back to us. Maybe she was intimidated by the size of the herd.
She acted as an elk magnet. They didn't know what she was and were very curious. The whole group was calling (kind of a cross between a squeal and a crow's caw) at the same time. They were quite noisy.
They approached closer and closer, while our horses stood stock still, apparently as curious as the elk were.
The elk were so focused on Daisy, they didn't seem to see us. I looked up from my camera and saw a gang of them approaching, no more than 30 yards away. There were spotted calves as well as adults. Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of any of the little ones.
Finally, they noticed 2 horses and 2 riders. They reversed direction in a cloud of dust and were gone in seconds.