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Where We Live by John Silveira and Richard Blunt. Photos and commentary from Oregon and New England.

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Archive for August 28th, 2013

 

The elk are back

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Three nights ago, I went for a ride about 6:30 and went out to Euchre Creek Road, about ten miles north of Gold Beach. I saw elk for the first time this summer. After the cows calve, the herds seem to go into hiding, so I haven’t seen them in a few months. But now the calves are viable, so the herds have returned to the fields.

Anyway, the photos aren’t as sharp as I’d like. I don’t know why, but I’ll figure it out.

But, as you can see, the bulls pretty much have full antlers, now. I don’t know how far we are away from the rut, but I’d like to see if I can find and photograph some of the bulls fighting over the right to build their harems.

In the past, I’ve seen some bulls that came pretty close to fighting, but the battles ended in bluffs with the dominant male simply chasing off the others.

These are two photos of the same bull. One of my friends said she’d seen two other bulls in the same field. They weren’t there, that night. I’ll check, tonight, to see what’s out there.

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