The Bull Elk Are Losing Their Antlers Here In Estes Park And RMNP

It’s so beautifulĀ to see the Bull Elk all fall and winter with their huge antlers…5-pointers and 6-pointers. They are just magnificent!

And then this time of year, their antlersĀ fall off and they have these little stubby spots where they once were. Within a few days they will begin to grow new antlers for the rut season again in the fall. These antlers will be covered with a soft velvet until September when it sloughs off and their can begin the rut.

I happened to see this big guy grazing on the hill on one of my walks. You can see the shiny little black spots where the antlers were just a few days ago. They look so different until the new ones start to grow back.

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