In addition to grazing, elk also feed by browsing from trees and saplings. An active timber cut provides a prime food source as the tree tops that remain after the logs are cut and removed provide easy access to twigs and buds that are ordinarily out of the animal's reach.
Mature Bull Browsing
This timber-cutting operation had just started on the day I arrived in Elk County, but a bachelor group of bulls had already found it.
Bulls Resting In Timber-cut: Note Largest Is Chewing His Cud (click to enlarge)
Three different animals are shown in this post, while five bulls were in the area. The largest bull in the last photo is not the same bull that is featured in the first two shots.
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