Bull Elk in Velvet, Point Reyes National Seashore

hPoto of bull tule elk in velvet

The Life Cycle Continues

I was out at Point Reyes recently.  The male elk are all sporting new antlers covered in velvet.  They’re also still shedding their lighter-colored winter coats.  This bull was in the Tule Elk Preserve.  He was in a group of about 20 bulls.

I didn’t get a clear look at all of them, but three of them, and possibly a fourth, looked like they were suffering from diarrhea.  That made me wonder if they had early-stage Johne’s Disease, which leads to death.  For an earlier discussion of Johne’s Disease at Point Reyes, click here.


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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2 Responses to Bull Elk in Velvet, Point Reyes National Seashore

  1. TimB says:

    the scouring (diarrhea) is typical of this time of year when the elk consume high quantities of seedy green grasses, the cattle show this effect also

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