Posted by: cherylyoung | February 27, 2012

Day 55 Come face to face with a Roosevelt Elk

Roosevelt Elk, which are also known as Wapiti, are

the largest member of the ungulate family, even

larger than the Rocky Mountain Elk found on the

mainland.

Roosevelt Elk can be found in great herds on

Vancouver Island and in parts of the United States.

Three small herds have also been transplanted to the

mainland of British Columbia from Vancouver Island

herds.

A distinguishing feature of Roosevelt Elk is the large

white-tan patch on their rump.

Calves are born in May and June.

The mother (called a cow) usually leaves the herd to

give birth in isolation.

Around four weeks later, she will return to the herd

with her calf.

The rut begins in the early fall with the bull ‘bugling’

his presence to the cows.

Although a herd may have several bulls, there is a

dominant bull that will defend his harem against

challengers.

A challenge usually involves a clashing of antlers.

If a young bull challenges the dominant bull and fails,

he will be ousted from the herd.

Antlers are shed and grown again each year.

The new antlers are sport a green velvety membrane,

which dries up in the late summer.

The bull elk then rub their antlers to get rid of this old

membrane.

First year males will have a spike. Second year males

typically have a ‘raghorn’ with three to six points.

Third year males typically have six points per antler

and will often retain this throughout their life, only

adding weight and girth.

Yes they are named after the Late President Roosevelt.

It’s amazing there is no lack of wildlife in B.C and you

can get to see some of it close and up front.

Don’t forget to make a point of checking out each day

of the journey across British Columbia and if anyone

has any suggestions I welcome them.

 

Beautiful Chocolate Druzy Necklace and bracelet

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Bolton, Sharon Sidney
Phone: (250) 655-0632
Fax: (250) 656-3406
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