Bugling Tule Elk (Cervus nannodes) bucks at
the beginning of the rutting season from Tomales Point near Point Reyes,
Northern California. The tule elk is a subspecies of North American
elk that occurs only in California. They are smaller and lighter in
color than other subspecies of elk. Elk, historically the dominant herbivore
in the coastal ecosystem, were hunted to near-extinction by early settlers
to California. The several thousand in existence today all descend from
a few survivors protected in the 1870s.