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Tule elk (wapiti) Cervus canadensis

Drake's Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, California

 

Although it's not rutting season in January, the male elk have taken to adorning themselves with red and yellow moss. They seem to like the way it looks on their antlers.

 

To learn more of the story of the restoration of California's native elk to Point Reyes, click Viewing Tule Elk -- courtesy of the National Parks Service (www.nps.gov).

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Taken on January 25, 2010