It’s elk calving season, an amazing stage in the elk lifecycle.
At this point in the year, North American elk have migrated from their winter ranges to their summer ranges.
The females have already begun to birth their calves, which they will raise for the next few months before their next migration.
Elk are fascinating creatures, and that’s apparent from the moment they’re born into the world.
Elk calves are born weighing roughly 35 pounds, and in their first weeks they’re alive, they can gain up to 2 pounds per day. Calves are also scentless at birth as a natural defense from predators, and they’re born with white spots to help them blend into the tall grass in which they graze.
The survival of these young calves is paramount to the survival of the herd.
This fascinating video from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has more about the elk calving season.