Elk on the Butte

The last week of rain has been a welcome blessing after such a long, cold, dry winter here at the base of Timber Butte. Everything warmed up a bit and the rain melted the frozen snow off the south slope of the butte. Every evening the elk and deer had been poking out of the timber near the summit in small groups looking for a little exposed grass. But this morning they showed up in a great massive herd from one end of the slope to the other now that the snow has melted away and feed is in abundance.  I stopped counting after a hundred realizing there where so many. They covered the butte from bottom to top and from one side to the other.