Bull Elk Shedding Velvet
A mature bull elk shows the first signs of shedding the velvet from his antlers. This happens every August as the velvet that grows around the new antlers dries and is easier to rub off. The shedding process for the velvet usually lasts for several hours. Captured in Yellowstone National Park.
The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia. This animal should not be confused with the still larger moose to which the name "elk" applies in British English and in reference to populations in Eurasia.
Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in.. more