Elk watching

Sometimes they pose. Particularly noticeable are the males as fall begins.

The males get my attention for several reasons. They aren’t seen as often as the females. Since they don’t travel in groups like the females and babies do all summer they seem more unique. Their racks are majestic, and they come in different variations, sometimes the anthlers spread wide, sometime their arch is narrow.

Taking his time to sit relaxing, the one in the picture started off by showing me several several impressive profiles. Then he walked around eating the still green grass and allowed me to see his anthlers, which will soon be used to push other males around. In the next week or two the elk rut will be underway.

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