Bugling Tule elk in Pacific West Coast
Male elks (bulls) engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including sparring and bugling (loud series of vocalizations) that establishes dominance over other males and attracts females (cows). Last year fall, we visited Point Reyes National Seashore in California, US and witnessed bugling Tule bull elks in the coast of Pacific. This bull elk already established his dominance and formed his own harem. We saw another female elk (cow) joining the group ignoring two other bull elks following her, while this dominant male triumphantly drove away his contenders using loud bugling and threat of sparring.
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