A bull elk is silhouetted at sunset on Green Mountain near Jeffrey City. (Peter McCall)

Peter McCall and his 13-year-old son, Killian, were camping near Jeffrey City recently and decided to head up toward Green Mountain — part of a small and isolated central Wyoming range along with neighboring Crooks Mountain and Whiskey Peak. 

As they were approaching the mountain, McCall said, they spotted a bull elk a few hundred yards away.

“We just kind of parked and watched him, and he walked to within 80 yards of us and kind of skylined himself,” McCall said. “So I took a couple of photographs.”

With the sunset blazing in the western sky behind it, the elk cut an impressive figure. It also provided the father and son with a prime wildlife viewing opportunity. 

“It was kind of my son’s first time watching a bull elk move around and feed and whatnot,” McCall said. 

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Katie Klingsporn reports on outdoor recreation, public lands, education and general news for WyoFile. She’s been a journalist and editor covering the American West for 20 years. Her freelance work has...

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