Yellowstone Elk

I spotted this impressive looking 6:6 male Rocky Mountain Elk in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) during a visit in February last year. The most common ungulate and largest mammal in YNP, elk spend most of their time at higher elevations, but over the winter months they drop to lower elevations where it is easier for them to find food. During the winter, elk numbers in the park drop to between 4 and 5,000, but in the summer months those numbers can triple or even quadruple as they reenter the park and form themselves into several herds roaming the mountain sides. More from Yellowstone can be seen in the Yellowstone Gallery.

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