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Antler Battle: Elk

Artist Leah Pipe

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Hazelton
Pencil on Arches acid free paper
22.5” x 30”

Two Elk, locked in a battle of dominance and leadership. Each fall, males (bulls) breed with a number of females (cows) and exhibit a few fascinating behaviors (called the Rut) - including breathtaking vocalizations, fighting, raking trees and wallowing in muddy waters (to create a special scent that attracts the females). The sound of their antlers crashing together is truly incredible.