Elk: Behavior, Ecology, Conservation

Erwin A. Bauer, Author, Peggy Bauer, Photographer, Erwin A. Bauer, Photographer
Erwin A. Bauer, Author, Peggy Bauer, Photographer, Erwin A. Bauer, Photographer Voyageur Press (MN) $35 (160p) ISBN 978-0-89658-275-0
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When Columbus arrived in the West Indies, elk supposedly were the most widespread of all hoofed animals in the New World. Today, four subspecies of Cervus canadensis survive, in California (tule elk), the Northwest (Olympic elk), Manitoba (Plains elk) and the Rocky Mountains (Rocky Mountain elk). Following the formula of their acclaimed Mule Deer, the Bauers give a comprehensive introduction to the elk, accompanied by dazzling photographs. The text covers physiology, habitat, behavior, diet and conservation. One chapter is devoted to antlers, another to rutting. Bauer discusses elk and humans, the National Elk Refuge and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He points out that habitats can support only a limited number of elk; in the absence of predators, legal hunting is the sole practical means of population control. The author is concerned about the disruption of habitat through logging roads, snowmobiles in Yellowstone Park and encroaching subdivisions. Readers who enjoy the outdoors will appreciate this fine book. Photos. (Sept.)
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