Male tule elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes). This subspecies of red deer is also called the California elk. It is smaller than the other North American elk and is restricted in range to grasslands and marshes in Owens Valley in east central California and Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco, where this individual was photographed. Males uses their large antlers when fighting with each other during the mating season, which in deer is known as the rut.
Model release not required. Property release not required.