Thursday, September 18, 2008

Elk bulls spar in Cataloochee Cove - GSMNP

I thought when animals spar it was dangerous.These 2 bulls went at it in slow motion. Lasted one or two minutes and then they slowly backed away from each other.
The bottom photo is the same as the 2nd. I cropped it. Notice the left bull elk has a tag number of 4. This is the 4th elk introduced to the cove. He has something wrong. According to the park ranger he cannot breed and does not grow a proper antler. He has an antler like this one every year. The ranger said the other bulls are not threatened by him at all during breeding season. They know he is harmless.

The ranger had an old antler from this elk to show everybody he grows this type every year.


Darla said...

That's interesting.

Lynne said...

These posts and photos have been very interesting. I'd love to see them in the wild.

Dorothy said...

I know they have a purpose for the collars and tags, but I would like to see the Elk without them. It would seem more exciting if they were truly wild. Good shots of this encounter.

Bradley Myers said...

A good story and photos. I am surprised they didn't put him down for fear he has an illness that can be passed along to the others.