The Tule Elk are considered the smallest of the elk subspecies in North America. Once very nearly extinct, this subspecies has been brought back through intensive breeding and transplant programs.
These three were the second group we observed from Estero Trail this day.
4 individuals - 3 appeared to be very pregnant cows.
Seen at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
low tide around 7:00am
Hike to Tamales Point.
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...