Cervus canadensis nelsoni

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Photograph by Tom Faller.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

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Cervus canadensis nelsoniAmerican elk, or wapiti, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. This subspecies has been introduced into the Appalachian Mountains, tagged, and monitored. It replaces an extinct subspecies.

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*thought bubble* Check out the bling ladies!”

~Rhaco

Quite a magnificent beast. Any idea why he’s losing hair on his shoulder?

Karen S: Shedding his winter coat, perhaps? The antlers are only partially grown, which suggests sometime in late Spring.

Subspecies don’t get the attention they deserve. Extinction of a major land vertebrate subspecies is kinda like, I dunno, if everyone in India disappeared. Noteworthy. I have no idea what it will take for humans to be less blasé about the extinctions we cause.

Great photo. I have never seen pictures of an American elk before, but I have seen a lot of moose in real life.

am I the only one that thought:

“mmmmmm, elk, yummy”

Elk is even tastier/leaner than venison

My first thought was “those critters are always in my back yard, eating the shrubbery”.

I also thought that the last 2 words of the official scientific name meant that this was going to be a post about Nelson, BC (Canada).

jasonmitchell said:

am I the only one that thought:

“mmmmmm, elk, yummy”

Baked elk heart in a light cream sauce. Served with steamed broccoli, lightly fried potato slices, salad with choice of dressings and sourdough bread dipped in drawn butter. Wapiti!

jasonmitchell said:

am I the only one that thought:

“mmmmmm, elk, yummy”

Elk is even tastier/leaner than venison

lol.. I didn’t think about eating that lovely creature. I used to refuse eating moose when I was younger, but I’ve changed my mind growing up. Since they live in the wild I think it’s a lot healthier than eating chicken or cows that have never seen a ray of sunlight.

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