I think there were 13 cows, 3 young & the bull. Lots of bugling as he answered other bull/s to his north. A couple times he shredded Coyote Brush with his massive antlers.
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.
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...