GOLDEN POND, KY (6/16/12) – It’s that time of year again! Female elk are starting to have their calves at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area’s Elk & Bison Prairie. Bugle Corps member, Gary Travis, spotted a young female calf being fed by its mother on Sunday, June 2, 2012.
The elk calf was around 2 days old when this photo was taken. Elk calves are “programmed” to stay very still to avoid danger they can’t escape. In a week or two calves will be able to outrun some predators and will jump up and run away if another animal approaches their hiding place.
Although several elk calves are roaming throughout the Elk & Bison Prairie, seeing one during this time of year is a rare event. These elk calves will stay hidden from view for much of the summer until they are old enough to keep up with the adults. To view elk and bison in the prairie during the summer, it’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the evening when animals take advantage of cooler temperatures for grazing.
The Elk & Bison Prairie plays host to hundreds of songbirds and wildflowers during the summer. Tall native grasses provide coverage for birds and bugs to hide from their prey. When you drive through, go slow, and listen to the songs of the prairie while taking in the colors of nature. Before long, you’ll imagine you’re a settler roaming the early Kentucky barrens.
Interested in getting up close to baby elk? Join the Bugle Corps, a volunteer organization that monitors wildlife in the Elk & Bison Prairie at LBL. To find out more, contact the Friends of LBL volunteer coordinator at 270-924-2007.
Information provided by the Land Between the Lakes
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