Spring Antlers

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Spring Antlers
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Uploaded by Lori Bote on 30 May 2015 in Regina

A male elk grazing on a dandelion crop captured near Jasper National Park. Only male elk have antlers and bulls shed and grow a new set of antlers every year. New antlers are covered in fuzzy skin called velvet - by late summer the velvet peels away and by September the antlers are solid bone. A set of antlers on a mature bull can weigh up to 40 pounds. The one photographed here is showing new growth starting in Spring with the velvet covering the antlers.

Tagged: elk elk_bull spring rocky_mountains jasper

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