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A lady of the mountains


A lady of the mountains
Photo Information
Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-27
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-01 5:29
Viewed: 2998
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image is of a female elk from Jasper National Park. She was quite photogenic and posed for a long while for several mug shots. The Elk seem to be doing fine this winter as there was very little snow in lower elevations, alowing them to continue to graze with little difficulty.

Elk
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the North American and East Asian animals, also known as wapiti. For the animal Alces alces, called the elk in Europe, see moose. For other uses, see Elk (disambiguation).
Elk

Conservation status

Least Concern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
Species: C. canadensis
Binomial name
Cervus canadensis

Range of Cervus canadensis
Synonyms
various Cervus elaphus subspecies

The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the larger moose (Alces alces), which is called an "elk" in Europe, and the sambar (Rusa unicolor) rival the elk in size. Elk are similar to the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies. However, evidence from a 2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA indicates they are a distinct species.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and Eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females.

Elk are susceptible to a number of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to livestock. Efforts to eliminate infectious diseases from elk populations, largely through vaccination, have had mixed success.

Some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force. In parts of Asia, antlers and their velvet are used in traditional medicines. Elk are hunted as a game species; the meat is leaner and higher in protein than beef or chicken.

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Hi Denis,
great start in 2011. Perfect capture. Very good sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek
Happy New Year!

Hello Mark
Beautiful specimen of a female elk. In the Augustow Forest and Biebrza Marshes (Poland) is also often meet these animals.
Best regards
Lucja

Very perfect capture, with optimum sharpness and colour,
Happy New Year.
Samiran Nandy

Hi Denis.
Beautiful photo with good composition and nice colours.
My best wishes for a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
Christodoulos

Hello Denis
a fine capture of this female elk, nice from the profil with head turned, so we can see his face, great eye contact, wonderful sharp details and interesting natural environmet, a lovely shot
i wish you a Happy New Year
Jacqueline

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