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Elk are members of the deer family and one of the largest mammals in North America. Male elk (bulls) have large antlers that are shed every year at the beginning of spring. The antlers will grow back during the summer encased in “velvet” which provides nutrients for rapid growth. The antlers typically reach full size by the end of August as elk begin their annual rut. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut that can include posturing, antler wrestling...
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