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  • Medium: Limited Edition Paper Print
  • Size (Inches H x W): 16.5 x 25
  • Product code: LEP-NOVCRSING

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Roosevelt Elk: November Crossing

One of the greatest thrills I have had while snooping around the interior of Vancouver Island is to encounter a herd of elusive Roosevelt Elk. This group is shown crossing the Ursus River in Clayoquot Sound. Herds of elk are easy to spot along the highways through the Rocky Mountains but even though they are the size of a small horse the separate population that is native to Vancouver Island is almost as hard to see as spotting a Sasquatch would be. They are completely at home in the dense undergrowth of forested river valleys in the winter and mostly spend their summers on inaccessible mountain ranges. Herds of 20 to 40 females are accompanied by a single dominant bull who usually tags along at the rear.  Bulls with their huge racks have a challenging time getting through thickets of salmonberry and alder, often emerging with their antlers festooned in leaves and branches. In the fall the bugling of the males can sometimes be heard echoing through the valleys and it is frequently the only way they reveal their presence.

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