Tag Archive: Elk


Heavy Breathing

Elk exhale antler grass WMWith the  annual elk rut in Banff National Park taking place around the town site, many of the elk end up with ropes, plastic bags and other items tangled up in their antlers. Some require sedation to remove the items, while less severe entanglements like this one can be left alone.

The new antler-wear didn’t seem to bother this elk, but he had bigger concerns. Due to his young age and relatively small rack he was relegated to the sidelines and needed to stay out of the way of the larger, much more powerful and battle harden males.  After narrowly skirting around one, he took a few minutes to catch his breath before wisely deciding to move off into the forest.

Bull elk snow fall meadow watermark

A group of  bull elk, having just gone through the rut, gather together in a meadow during a snow storm in Banff National Park. With the long, harsh winter just starting these bulls will have to use their hooves to dig down through the deep snow to find what little food remains for them. Any that become weakened will be tested by wolves and undoubtedly a few won’t make it to spring. Natural selection will favour the strong and the adaptable.

Elk antler scratch watermark

When not using his antlers to fight  over breeding rights, this elk delicately used his antlers to scratch a hard to reach spot!