Bull Tule Elk
An adult male (bull) tule elk at Wind Wolves Preserve. Tule elk are native to the San Joaquin Valley, but most people have never seen one. They are the smallest of three subspecies of North American elk, and were nearly driven to extinction by commercial meat hunters during the gold rush years of the mid-1800s. Only a handful of individuals remained when rancher Henry Miller decided they should be saved, and protected the last small group that survived on his land. There are now nearly 4,000 tule elk in California, and the 23rd herd in California was established when a group of 21 was translocated to Wind Wolves Preserve. The herd has thrived, and there are now about 250 elk at Wind wolves.
Taken 2:15 PM on August 29, 2012
Uploaded 1:00 AM on December 1, 2012
- Posted in Wildlife
- NIKON D800
- 1/2000 sec.
- 300 mm
- 500 ISO
- Maricopa, CA
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