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Lucky young bull elk! In all, there are five cows and two calves in his harem.

This time of year, the bulls have come down from the high country to spend a bit of quality time with their mates and offspring.

Soon, there will be bugling and snorting, the rattle of horns, and hunters in pursuit. From the original 24 elk brought into the Cherry Creek and Egan Mountains about five years ago, herds of more than a hundred elk have arisen.

Butte Valley – Eastern Nevada, USA

+*"Ungulates*+": (meaning roughly “being hoofed” or “hoofed animal”) are several groups of mammals, most of which use the tips of their toes, usually hoofed, …

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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • wayne51
    wayne51over 4 years ago

    Brilliant Capture, He is an awesome loking bull. Wayne

  • Thank you, Wayne! Yes, he looks fat and happy. I hope he makes it through the fall.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 4 years ago

    A nice capture Arla.

  • Thank you, Al! :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Stunning work! Great backlight capture, well done!
    1DAY 18 Sept

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Wow look at the antlers on him!! I love the family shot.

  • Thank you, ices! This is probably the young guy’s first set of antlers. Hopefully, he will survive this year’s hunt, and grow even bigger ones, next year. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 4 years ago

    Its the other side of my world.

  • :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 4 years ago

    What a superb capture. Beautifully done, Arla~Lynn

  • Thanks, Lynn – they were an absolute joy to watch! :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderover 4 years ago

    lucky guy to be sure !! great image..:))

  • Thank you, Bill!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

    You Entered A Challenge!
    Your Pet Made The Top 10

    “Pets Need A Hug":

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on your elk, mine got in top 10 too!

  • Thank you, Vigor!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN
    of our “Born Free” challenge in the group, “Cover Shots!!”

  • Fantastic! Thanks so much, Lorilee!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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