Resting peacefully as yet another rut passes by
Back in the day Fred, AKA bull 36, was the King of Winslow Hill but now in his advancing years a quiet resting spot is more preferable than a harem of cows.
During my recent visit to Pa's Elk Country Willard & I located Fred resting near the new Elk Country Visitor Center while a light rain fell. This was my only sighting of the famous bull during this stay.
I was amused by how often Fred sightings were rumored around the viewing areas as many people excitedly told us about Fred's whereabouts. I heard of Fred being seen bugling, fighting, etc. It soon became clear that some good folks were misidentifying other collared bulls as Fred. One time the bull turned out to be 8A, a much younger bull who is now in his prime.
Another bull who was being misidentified as Fred was the young bull 2A. This fellow has a few years to go before he reaches his prime.
When Fred passes on will one of these bulls fill the void left by "Fred" Pennsylvania's Most Famous Bull?
I hope so but with most bulls being killed during the hunt before or upon reaching their prime the chances of a bull reaching Fred's status is very slim.
For more photo's of Fred throughout the years visit Willard at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer and for more
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