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Do you recognize this critter deep in the grass on a hot summers day? Only the male or bull elk (Cervus canadensis) have antlers, which start growing in the spring and are shed each winter. The largest antlers may be 3-4 feet long and weigh 40 lb.  Antlers are made of bone which can grow at a rate of an inch per day. While actively growing, the antlers are covered with and protected by a soft layer of highly vascularised skin known as velvet. The velvet is shed in the summer when the antlers have fully developed.<br />
Canyon area, Yellowstone.
Do you recognize this critter deep in the grass on a hot summers day? Only the male or bull elk (Cervus canadensis) have antlers, which start growing in the spring and are shed each winter. The largest antlers may be 3-4 feet long and weigh 40 lb. Antlers are made of bone which can grow at a rate of an inch per day. While actively growing, the antlers are covered with and protected by a soft layer of highly vascularised skin known as velvet. The velvet is shed in the summer when the antlers...
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