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On a cloudy, drizzly winter day I drove to the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area on the western slopes of the Coastal Mountains. It’s managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to provide winter habitat and supplemental feeding for wild Roosevelt Elk.
A series of open pastures border a paved road, offering good views of up to 200 Elk during winter and spring.
I was lucky enough to spot some large bull elk fairly close to the road. They are usually far back from the viewing areas.
Near a well-eaten carcass of a dead deer, I spotted some golden eagles. They’re always looking for an easy snack.
Such majestic creatures! How close were you able to get?
The golden eagle was only about 30 feet. It did not want to leave the deer carcass nearby. The closest elk was a couple of hundred feet away. They are always fun to see.