Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
A rain-soaked bull elk looks over his shoulder as another bull approaches from behind. The rain and diffused light intensified the mood and all the beautiful colors for this scene.
During the fall rut in September-October, males repeatedly give a high-pitched “bugle” vocalization. Lives in herds sometimes exceeding 200 in open habitats, smaller groups in forested areas. Maximum life expectancy is 20 years. Hunted to extinction throughout eastern states by the mid 1800s; recent reintroductions of small populations into Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania are encouraging. Overall population size is now approaching a million animals. Browses and grazes on a variety of plant species, preferring open or brushy habitats to mature forest. Most populations in the US are found on federally protected lands such as national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges.
Information Source: eNature.com