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    Posted October 8, 2013 by
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    Yellowstone: A Gated Community

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer Brad Orsted is also an independent tour guide at Yellowstone National Park. He and a few people were watching several bull elk with their harems just inside the border of the park on Monday when he saw the following scene: “This bull followed a cow elk right up to the entrance where he bugled and stuck his tongue out just under the Roosevelt Arch and behind the foreboding barricades,” he said. “I think the image symbolizes our Federal Government's childish and irresponsible behavior and how it's impacting everyday people.”

    Orsted, 43, says he is in “disbelief there is still no progress” in the shutdown. “As a guide in Yellowstone, the shutdown has effectively 'shut off' my main source of income. No furloughs here for the independent and self-employed; only zero income at the end of the season when we all need it the most to save for the slow season and winter here.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    This bull elk seemed to be sticking his tongue out at would be visitors to Yellowstone's North Entrance on Oct. 7th, 2013.
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