Eyeing Our Elk…

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A contented bull elk from the one of the southernmost herds of the Lost Coast relaxes during the warm spring weather in a meadow near Cotteneva Creek in Northern Mendocino.

“As this elk yawns you can see the preoribital gland or slit in front of his eye fully opening,” photographer Lynn Harrington tells us.  “Common in the deer family, this gland produces scent which is used for communication during the rut, and calves also use it before nursing. Bulls commonly rub the gland on bushes to scent mark.”
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