WILDLIFE -- This video of a huge herd of wintering elk crossing a highway near Helena, Mont., has several interesting elements.
First, it's awesome to see so many wild elk after hunting so hard for them during the elk seasons and concluding that most of the elk in North America had vanished.
But after nursing my English Setter, Scout, through two gory run-ins with barbed wire during this year's bird hunting seasons (the latest is pictured at left), I was especially interested in seeing the elk hanging up in the barbed-wire fence before they could cross the highway. This is especially noticeable toward the end of the video.
I always hear that elk are hard on fences.
But it's pretty safe to say that the millions of miles of fences -- especially barbed wire -- stretched across our Western landscape are pretty darned hard on wildlife, too.