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Tule Elk

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.

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1998
Two Female Tule Elk from Tomales Point near Point Reyes, Northern California.


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