not exactly sure of the location, but found in a hay field north of Piedras Blancas and south of Ragged Point
The photo is by one of my campers, who also found them across the way on another ridge. Awesome!
Male tule elk grazing in the Tule Elk Reserve.
The tule elk (Cervus canadensis ssp. nannodes) is a subspecies of elk found only in California, ranging from the grasslands and marshlands of the Central Valley to the grassy hills on the coast. The subspecies name derives from the tule on which it feeds, which grows in the marshlands. When the Europeans first arrived, an estimated 500,000 tule elk roamed these regions, but by 1870 they were thought to be extirpated. However, in 1874-1875 a single...