PRINCE OF THE FOREST

Charlene Aycock

Joined August 2007

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These are high-elevation animals that are seldom seen during hot summer days. Elk are most active early In the morning and late In the afternoon. Because grass is high on their menu, they commonly feed in large meadows, often called parks in the west. You’ll also see them in areas burned by forest fires and in places recently logged, since those areas often support lush vegetation. Elk are famous for their mating calls, referred to as bugling, but don’t expect to hear them vocalizing unless you’re visiting the region in September or early October. That’s their breeding season, and vocalizations seldom occur before and after. Male elk, called bulls, grow very large antlers and are among the most handsome animals in the west. Each mature bull gathers as many females (cows) as possible prior to the breeding season, and guards his harem from other bulls. Competition for females is fierce, and bulls have been known to kill each other. Elk are large in size; the bulls weigh from 600 to 800 pounds or more. Typically you’ll see elk in herds year-round, since they’re very social animals. This was taken during the month of September, and start of the mating season.

I got up close and personal, and while watching him come closer for the shot, did not realize a female was right at my foot. I was so engrossed in watching him and did not see her.

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Equipment Used: Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver).
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