October 6th, 2021 – I set out this morning hoping to track a herd of Roosevelt Elk. They can at times be very elusive on Vancouver Island. After some “fence hopping” and bush whacking, I found a herd of 12 animals, being lead by a big bull.
The Roosevelt Elk are native to Vancouver Island and are the purest strain of Roosevelt Elk left in North America. The largest of the Elk species, a mature bull can weigh in excess of 1000 pounds. The Elk are “rutting” right now, so I was very careful to give the bull and herd plenty of space.
Is this what they call herd immunity?
Haha! Nice one Cindy!
Roosevelt elk were reintroduced in the Powell River area quite a few years ago. They were barged up Powell Lake and released at the Head. Since then they have multiplied and moved into other areas. We saw a good sized herd once crossing the Powell River a few klicks north of the end of the lake. We’ve also seen a smaller group farther south. – Margy
Awesome!! They’re beautiful animals!