There’s an Elk! There are 300! …The North Coast Series

This magnificent fellow was probably the bull of the herd, and proud of it!

This magnificent fellow was probably the bull of the herd, and proud of it! He was surrounded by some of his lady friends.

 

A blog quickie…

Peggy gets excited when she sees elk. So it’s not surprising that she multiplied the number she saw by 10. I can also get quite excitable. Roosevelt Elk are the largest members of six subspecies of elk in North America. Bulls can weigh up to 1100 pounds! Once, they were close to extinct in California. Today, there are seven herds in and around the Redwoods. The largest herd numbers 250. Most are closer to the size we saw. It was conveniently located in someone’s yard. I drove in so Peggy could take photos.

Elk herd near the Redwoods in Northern California.

There were probably 30 elk altogether.

I was impressed by the antlers shown here...

Peggy was impressed by the antlers shown here…

elk with large racks near the Redwoods in Northern California

So she took a close up. Given the season, I figured that Santa could turn to these fellows if his Reindeer refused to fly.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on strike. Xmas card by Curtis Mekemson.

Red-nosed reindeer goes on strike. (card by Curt Mekemson.)

The real deal: Alaskan Caribou. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

The real deal: Alaskan Caribou. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

If this guy were a blacktail deer, we would call him a spike. I don't think I would want him mad at me!

If this guy were a black tail deer, we would call him Spike. I don’t think I would want him mad at me! The marks on his back suggest he has been nibbling at itches.

This doe was quite beautiful...

This cow elk was quite beautiful…

So we will end this short post with a close-up.

We will end this short post with a close-up of her. Lovely eyes!

NEXT BLOG: The Christmas lights of Shore Acres State Park

33 comments on “There’s an Elk! There are 300! …The North Coast Series

  1. Wow, Curt, these are magnificent! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photographs. Also love the idea that you call this someone’s back yard – not like any yard in the UK! You might get the odd pigeon, cat and pot plant…​

    • Laughing a little, Annika. I suspect pot plants in England are a bit different that pot plants (marijuana) in Oregon. Elk are indeed gorgeous animals. As of backyards, very different— out in the woods. (Mine backs up to a million acres of wilderness.) Yards in town are not so different. –Curt

    • Caribou and reindeer are the same species, Gerard. Reindeer are the domesticated cousins. You don’t want to mess with elk. I’ve been charged by them a couple of times. Deer are the smaller members of the family. Deer, elk, caribou/reindeer, and moose are easy to tell apart. –Curt

  2. What? Shore Acres state park? I had no idea I had real estate.

    The elk are gorgeous. I just happened to find some elk being served up at the home of one of my new Kansas friends. You’ll get a kick out of this. And yes, Debra’s a hunter, but this probably came from a locker. She said it’s been a while since she bagged one. I forgot to ask her, but I suspect the elk hunting in Kansas is like alligator hunting in Louisiana; there not only are limits, there are limits on the number of tags issued. No open season on these beauties. Herd management is the point.

    Merry Christmas again, to you and Peggy and all.

    • I immediately thought of you when Peggy and I visited the park, Linda. Our first visit was last year in the spring. Beautiful, like an English garden. Also has a picturesque coast.
      Our neighbor in Oregon (before he moved) is an avid elk hunter. In fact I think he is an avid everything hunter. He hasn’t been lucky lately, however. We’ve received venison and buffalo meat from him, but no elk.
      –Curt

    • Thanks, D. They are gorgeous animals. And it has been a wonderful week. We are in North Carolina with our daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. Lots of fun. Before that we were in Boston for a few days and before that in Connecticut with our son and his family! 🙂 –Curt

  3. Because Bert usually drives on our tours of anywhere, and I sit with the camera ready in the passenger seat, I can just see us know if we came upon caribou the likes of what you’re showing. Bert might wreck, and I might jump out of the car, leaving him to tend to things while I take pictures! These animals are fabulous!

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