15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bull Elk butts heads with youth elk

I caught this bull elk protecting his territory from a young 'elkling'. He made it clear the youth was in his territory as he bowed his head and 'bulled' his antlers into the approach young elk.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Happy Jack, Arizona, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Kathy Ritter