Elk can grow to be quite large – male elk, called bulls, can grow to as much as 1,100 pounds and stand 5+ feet tall at the shoulder! Bulls also grow and shed large antlers each season, which can grow up to 4 feet long. Female elk, called cows, typically grow up to 600 pounds.
These majestic animals can be seen in Rocky Mountain National Park throughout the year, particularly in the Kawuneechee Valley on the west side of the park. During the autumn months, herds of elk congregate by the hundreds into the valley to mate. This is when the elk’s famous bugling can be heard. Continue reading