Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pennsylvania's Wild Pets & More

With approximately ten percent of Pennsylvania's small elk herd wearing collars its not hard to see why many view these trusting animals as free ranging pets.  I counted four collared animals in one small herd browsing along Rt. 555 yesterday morning.

A young bull displays his tracking collar from along the roadside on Winslow Hill

Vandals struck at the new Elk Country Visitor Center when someone shot the elk silhouette atop the entrance sign.  Rawley Cogan told us the gunshot damage happened last weekend.

Two shots marked the side towards town with four shots hitting the other side.  

Cogan indicated that vandalism was considered during the design of this sign.  The sign is made from 1/4" steel plate which kept damage to a minimum.  Sad commentary on the human species that some always must destroy what others have worked so hard for.

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Lois Evensen said...

Yes, a very sad commentary.

Not only this vandalism, but also the trash we find while out taking pictures in our National Parks.

Montanagirl said...

Pretty sad isn't it? They obviously were never taught anything at home about respecting the property of others.

eileeninmd said...

Fantastic shots of the elk. Some people just seem to have a mean streak.

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

i love your photos coy and thank so much for your comment, i had forgotten about the flickers i am sure you are correct! some idiots that are just plain heathens....we have plenty of them around here. too bad the center didn't have security or hunting cams around...which reminds me, i need to get mine going. i found a spent shell close to my paddocks during my walk. if i were a man, there would not be that problem on this farm. i would literally beat that trespasser to a pulp. they had to walk a quarter of a mile to get to that spot passing all of my signs.

Louise said...

The ability of the human animal to destroy or mutilate all around it never fails to sadden me. We get more scientifically sophisticated every day, but we seem to be stuck at a very primitive level, ethically.

I found your blog through Kritter Keeper's blog, Farm Tails. No elk here in my neck of the woods, I don't think. Plenty of whitetails, though.

Ruth Hiebert said...

A few miserable people always spoil it for all the good ones.

Kay L. Davies said...

You are so right, Coy, a very sad commentary on humanity. I can't imagine what makes people think vandalism is fun.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

EG CameraGirl said...

So sad indeed that someone would want to put bullet holes in that beautiful sign.

Is it legal to shoot elk with collars during hunting season?

Coy Hill said...

Thanks everyone for the comments.
EG Wow asked; is it legal to shoot elk with collars during hunting season. Yes, th collaring is for biological study. Both cows & bulls are collared.

Elaine said...

What a shame that someone felt the necessity to vandalize that beautiful sign. It's been in place for such a short time too. I do not understand what satisfaction people get from destroying things. It is a sad commentary on the human species that there are those out there that enjoy doing this kind of thing.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Oh these are gorgeous!

My critter post

Two Barking Dogs said...

I agree on the commentary about the destructive nature of some people. Sad. I remember years ago driving through Arizona seeing some of the most beautiful cacti shot up and dying. Sad.

Unknown said...


Very sad to see that the sign was vandalized! As much as I believe in the second amendment-there are sure some idiots out there that scare me!!!

Nice photography


Dale said...

Coy I have followed your blog for a long time and can no longer hold my comments. The damage to the sign is typical of the community that is catered to every where. The common comment is "Did it really hurt anything?". Makes me angry and sick.

Marie said...

The Elk are just gorgeous.

So sad about the vandalism though -- that's just sad that people can't show respect for things whether they be other people, animals or things.