McGregor Mountain Blog

Lefty and some Snow!

February 23, 2012

We awoke this morning to several inches of unexpected snow on the ground! But after the winds that Colorado has been experiencing over the past few days we are more excited about the calm that the snow brought with it! You may have seen some of the wind related issues on the news… cars being rolled over as they’re driving, bumpers being torn off of buses during the evening commute, etc… We didn’t get it quite as bad as Boulder/Denver got it, but it was still pretty brutal up here. So, we are thrilled that the wind has stopped and we were greeted¬† with a nice calm mountain morning!

This is a special time in the high country. When we start hearing of spring winning the battle in other places, along with pics of flowers blooming, grass greening, etc, we are just starting our snowiest season! We have a couple months before we start to see any signs of spring. Our days (and nights) will start to warm gradually over these next weeks, but that breeds the heavy, wet, and deep snows that characterize spring time in the Rockies. So these unexpected  are to be expected every once in a while.

Now on to Lefty. I’m sure that by now you are familiar with one of our most beloved resident elk, Lefty. He is a large (6×6 or 7×7 depending on the year) bull that has made McGregor his winter home for about 6 years now. We see him nearly every day. About a month ago we had a little scare with him. One day he showed up with a massive wound on the right side of his jaw. We called the appropriate authorities and they checked him out and thought it would take care of itself. Lefty was still able to feed and drink, so they were hoping it would heal on its own. He is now doing much better and it looks like they tagged him and fixed the wound up a little bit, taking off some of the excess skin/fur and cleaning the wound a little. He seems to be feeling a lot better and is back to his old gentle and calm personality and is eating normally. We are so glad he is on the mend and hope to have him around for a few more years!

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