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Elk At Yellowstone National Park
Male Elk (Cervus elaphus), warily gazing at predators, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana. Notice the ears being used as directional antennas.
Yellowstone provides summer range for an estimated 10,000–20,000 elk from 6–7 herds, most of which winter at lower elevations outside the park. As Yellowstone's most abundant ungulate, elk comprise approximately 90 percent of winter wolf kills and are an important food for bears, mountain lions, and at least 12 scavenger species. Elk browsing and nitrogen deposition can affect vegetative production, soil fertility, and plant diversity. Thus, changes in elk abundance over space and time can alter plant and animal communities in Yellowstone.
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September 19th, 2020
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