I passed by the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on my way back from Clingmans Dome. The number of Elk in the field had increased once again.
This is, apparently, the Rutting season. A lot of calves were with the group.
There were signs everywhere telling motorists to "Watch for Elk."
They appear to frequent this field with regularity.
The traffic cones in the background were set up by the Park Rangers. Realizing that people love to stop and take photos, they actually blocked off the right travel lane for people to stop and do so.
I think some of the Elk wear radio collars used by researchers to collect data.