Photos: Herd of 70 elk caught on camera on Penticton’s Campbell Mountain

Elk with birds on their backs spotted on Campbell Mountain in Penticton on Nov. 8, 2022. (Steve Zed photograph)Elk with birds on their backs spotted on Campbell Mountain in Penticton on Nov. 8, 2022. (Steve Zed photograph)
Elk resting in the snow. (Steve Zed photograph)Elk resting in the snow. (Steve Zed photograph)
Steve Zed counted around 70 elk on Penticton mountain Nov. 8. (Steve Zed)Steve Zed counted around 70 elk on Penticton mountain Nov. 8. (Steve Zed)

Large herds of elk travelling in the mountains in Penticton and the Naramata area have long been talked about but rarely caught on camera until now.

Steve Zed, a South Okanagan wildlife hobby photographer, was on Campbell Mountain on Nov. 8 when he focused his lens on a herd of around 70 elk.

“I have seen them around there before but usually in the dead of winter,” Zed told the Western News.

Zed photographed the herd resting on the snow and some have birds sitting on their backs in other pictures.

There are two kinds of elk in B.C. The Rocky Mountain elk and the Roosevelt almost became extinct in B.C. due to extensive hunting in the early 1900s.

Opponents of the Spiller Road development proposal by Canadian Horizons argued that area of Campbell Mountain was an important corridor for elk.

That developer withdrew its application to the city but is allowed to build within the Official Community Plan limits of country homes and mobile home park.

READ MORE: Canadian Horizons withdraws application

VIDEO: Elk back to thriving in B.C.

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