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.

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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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