Ear-Tagged Elk

This cow elk has been ear-tagged.

Tule Elk, Point Reyes National Seashore

Here is an ear-tagged cow elk.  She is one of almost 500 elk at the Tule Elk Preserve at Tomales Point.  There is an identifying number on her right ear tag.  The other tag was inserted in the opposite direction.  I don’t know for sure why that was done, but I’m assuming it has the same identifying number and was inserted that way so the identifying number would be visible from the rear of the animal.  This herd has not increased in size for some time and therefore seems to be self-regulating.  The other herd, the Limantour Herd, numbers about 100 animals.

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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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4 Responses to Ear-Tagged Elk

  1. Cathy R says:

    She has a beautiful face.

  2. Hi Jim, I just found out about your wonderful work and am astonished. This is a lovely portrait. I saw one of the Limantour cows a few days ago while photographing from a kayak in Drakes Estero. She was sadly malnourished and moved slowly. I hope to spend much more time in Point Reyes over the coming months. Thank you for sharing your work. Cheers.

    • Jim Coda says:

      Thank you Walter. I wonder what caused her to look malnourished. I think there is plenty of food there for those elk. Point Reyes is a great place to photograph.

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