Abandoned pump house near Gardiner, Montana. We planned to camp here, but a strange smell lingered over the area. I recognized it as the distinct scent of something dead, and, sure enough, followed my nose to a place where two elk carcasses had been dragged into a ravine. They looked to be grizzly bear kills, but cougars also frequent the area. We moved on and camped with a group of fellow travelers about a half-mile away, figuring that we would be safer in numbers. All night long, we heard coyotes quarreling over the carcasses, but soon, even they went silent, giving way to what was likely a much larger animal.
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