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<p align="center"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><span style="font-family: Times New Romen;">Rocky Mountain Elk </span></span><br />

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<span style="font-size: xx-large;">Elk Of Western United States</span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>&nbsp;Bull Elk</strong></span></p>


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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&quot;The elk or wapiti (Wapiti: ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Shawnee native american, literally &lsquo;white rump.&rsquo;) (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species of deer in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia. It was long believed to be a subspecies of the European red deer (Cervus elaphus), but evidence from a 2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA indicates that the two are distinct species.<br />

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This animal should not be confused with the larger moose (Alces alces), to which the name &quot;elk&quot; applies in Eurasia. Apart from the moose, the only other member of the deer family to rival the elk in size is the south Asian sambar (Rusa unicolor). </span><br />

<span style="font-size: x-large;">Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.&quot;(The above is taken from Wikipedia.org</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">)</span></p>


<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-large;">During the nonbreeding season the male elk (bulls) may gather in small groups for protection but mostly travel alone. The female elk (cows) and their young (calves) are herders and move separately from the bulls . </span></p>


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<span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>My First Bull Elk </strong></span></span><br />

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-large;">I am looking at my first bull elk!!! That is a day that I will never forget. It was the same feeling I had when I saw my first moose, my first wolf or my first bear. This feeling has come over me more times then I can count, but it is always the same. This elk was my first sighting on my first day in Yellowstone Park. I stopped the car, set up my camera on the tripod and just stood there looking at the most regal animal I had ever seen. I really do not know how long I watched him.&nbsp; After making about making 30 or more images and playing peek &ndash; a - boo with him for about 30 or 40 min&nbsp; I said thank you and moved on down the road. And so it has gone for me the last 25 years. </span></p>


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<span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Elk Cow</strong></span><br />

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<span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Elk Calf</strong></span><br />

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<span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>&nbsp; Bull Elk Resting On Madison River</strong></span><br />

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<span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bull and Cow</strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bulls Rounding Up and Moving Cows</strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bull Tending Cow</strong></span><br />

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Once a cow has become part of the harem, she is checked &nbsp;constantly by the bull. The reason for this is to keep her from straying off and also to check to see if she is ready to mate. This is called tending. When the harem becomes large it is quite a job for the bull. </span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>&nbsp;Cows Grazing</strong></span><br />

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<span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Calf at Rest </strong></span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bull Keeping Watch Over His Ladies </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>A Good Look At A Bull&#39;s Antler&#39;s </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bulls Fighting Over A Harem Of Cows </strong></span><br />

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-large;">This conflict between the bulls was the second of the day. They went to war that morning, the intruder won that fight and the harem. The loser returned to have another go around and lost again. About an hour later he came back but was ignored by the dominant bull, so there wasn&rsquo;t another battle . </span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>The Fight Is Over </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>The Victor Cools Off Taking A Swim </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bull Is Back Watching His Harem </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>King Of The Mountain </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Cow At Waters Edge </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bull And Fall Color </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Cows Crossing The Madison River </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Mother And Her Baby </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>What Does He See </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Cow Up Close </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Cold Morning Frost On The Sage</strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Looking For A Cow </strong></span><br />

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Digging A Rut Pit </strong></span><br />

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-large;">During breeding season late August-November, peaking in October and November. The bulls mark their area and build rut pits. They scrape the ground and urinate in them to make a mud mixture. They then roll in it to cake their body. The scent of this mud is said to excite the cows and draw them to the bull, it also warns other bulls to stay away </span></p>


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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>Bull Bugling </strong></span><br />

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Because bugling is a valid test of the bulls prowess the cows are attracted to those that bugle the loudest and most often.</span></p>


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