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.
There were probably 30 elk altogether.
Peggy was impressed by the antlers shown here…
So she took a close up. Given the season, I figured that Santa could turn to these fellows if his Reindeer refused to fly.
Red-nosed reindeer goes on strike. (card by Curt Mekemson.)
The real deal: Alaskan Caribou. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
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 cow elk was quite beautiful…
We will end this short post with a close-up of her. Lovely eyes!
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