Tule Elk, Point Reyes National Seashore

Photo of a bull tule elk exhibiting the flehmen response.

Tule Elk near sunset, Point Reyes National Seashore; Love Is in the Air

This 7-point bull is exhibiting the Flehmen Response with its head and upper lip raised.  Certain species of mammals do this to increase their ability to detect and evaluate scent.  It’s a common sight during the mating season, but it can occur any time of the year.  This photo was taken in mid December, well past the end of the rut.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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