Local man sees elk calf and mother at LBL
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<i>photo by Curtis Fowler<p>
Bugle Corps member Gary Travis placed an ear tag and tracking collar on a two-day-old elk calf. Afterwards, Travis had to shoo the calf back toward the mother, who was anxiously waiting in the woods; the baby didn’t know which way to go at first!</i>
photo by Curtis Fowler

Bugle Corps member Gary Travis placed an ear tag and tracking collar on a two-day-old elk calf. Afterwards, Travis had to shoo the calf back toward the mother, who was anxiously waiting in the woods; the baby didn’t know which way to go at first!

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It’s that time of year again! Female elk are starting to have their calves at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area’s Elk & Bison Prairie.

Bugle Corps member Gary Travis spotted a young female calf being fed by its mother on Sunday, June 2.

The elk calf was around 2 days old when this photo was taken. Elk calves are “programmed” to stay very still to avoid danger they can’t escape. In a week or two calves will be able to outrun some predators and will jump up and run away if another animal approaches their hiding place.

Although several elk calves are roaming throughout the Elk & Bison Prairie, seeing one during this time of year is a rare event. These elk calves will stay hidden from view for much of the summer until they are old enough to keep up with the adults.

To view elk and bison in the prairie during the summer, it’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the evening when animals take advantage of cooler temperatures for grazing.

For the rest of this story, see this week's issue of The Cadiz Record or subscribe to our e-Edition by calling 270-522-6605.
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