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OPENING SHOT

Safety in numbers
Photo: by Vic Schendel
Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Settings: 1/1250 sec, f/13, ISO 1250

6 | May 2021	

Cow elk typically give birth in late May
or early June. Newborn elk calves weigh
around 35 pounds and take about 30 minutes
to get to their feet for the first time. The
calves are born spotted and without a scent
so predators can't smell them. The calves
spend much of their time during the first
few weeks of life hidden and motionless as
their mothers feed. The mothers will return

to feed their calves. This is why you should
never approach elk calves if you find them
hidden because their mothers will likely
return to feed them. Shortly after the birth
of calves, the mother elk and their young
tend to gather together for safety and social
interaction.
This image was taken on June 18, 2004, in
the midmorning. These three cows and their



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