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It was a struggle for this bull elk even though the photograph does not tell the total story. While you and I may think this is beautiful, the temperature was 5 degrees below zero, there was at least 18 inches of snow, and the only food to eat was bark from trees and shrubs. A park ranger once described to me that the elk’s winter diet would be more like humans having a diet of paper. This bull elk, who probably weighs over 700 pounds, is one of 15,000 to 22,000 that winter in Yellowstone.

Elk (Cervus elaphus) are the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone National Park; paleontological evidence confirms their continuous presence for at least 1,000 years. Although climate and elevation are important criteria to the survival of the elk in the winter time, this bull will survive as this picture was taken in March.

You may have doubts about this elk’s ability to survive, but he ate well in the fall in preparation for the winter, snowfall and cold weather. He started preparing for winter as the days got shorter and the temperatures got colder. There may be up to 75 inches of snow during the winter season and the temperatures can get well below zero degrees fahrenheit. The elk are at their weakest as the winter extends into spring, hence, the visitors to the park are asked to give them as much space as possible and the predators will stalk the elk and pursue either the oldest or weakest.

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Soon this bull will lose his antlers and new ones will start to grow back in May. As you can see there are 6 tines or points on each side and the total weight of the rack could approach 30 pounds. These are important parts of his arsenal when he starts sparring for authority when mating season starts in the fall.

Bull elk in the snow in Yellowstone, currently most popular photograph, Original Fine Art Photography

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