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What Is This Animal: Elk or Caribu

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Chango2, Jun 17, 2012.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    Wife (I can't take credit for any of our good vacation pics.) took a picture of this animal. She figured it is a caribu, and was quite happy re. that. (Near Banff, Canada.) A local said it is an elk. Others say caribu. We don't know and wish some clarification from somebody who does know since "we is city folk mostly"...and no, it is, I know, not a jackalope so we are on kinda the right track. Hunters out there, forest service people, naturalists, help???
     
  2. SeanGamble

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    I am 99% sure its a Rocky Mountain Elk with velvet on the antlers
     
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    It's a German Shepard or maybe a racoon. Possibly a pinneapple. It's Monday and I'm on vacation. Life is good...
     
  6. ric3677

    ric3677 Well-Known Member

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    I was driving to a small town west of Great Falls on Friday and there on the open prairie were three "Cows" Talk about a surprise. They seemed to be in the lost mode. I hope they made it back to the mountains safely. Nice to see "wildlife" on the way to work.

    Oh, and it's an Elk.

    Rick in MT
     
  7. SirMissalott

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    Florida armadillo
     
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    NO NO it's a chupacabra!!
     
  9. Auctioneer

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    I say Elk.
     
  10. Chango2

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    Where I live, I can recognize various snakes; many of them in this town are lawyers...oh, and on the desert, can tell a Sidewinder from a Mohave Green...easy.
     
  11. wolfram

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    It is a young bull elk.
     
  12. Shooting Sailor

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    Young bull Rocky Mountain Elk in velvet. The antlers are too symmetrical for a caribou, and the palmation of the main beam is insufficient to be a caribou. The shape of the head and the color are wrong for caribou, as well.
     
  13. CalvinMD

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    Definantly elk...the antlers are much too large for an armadillo
     
  14. CalvinMD

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    FYI ..for future ref...the surefire way to tell is to try to milk it...if it kicks its one animal...if it bites its a totally different critter...if it likes it...RUN!
     
  15. Cody4gold

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    1000% ELK
     
  16. Cody4gold

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    This a Caribou no comparison..
    cody4gold_2010_28041468.jpg
     
  17. XP100

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    It is the ultra rare Elkibu only seen like this in early spring thru mid summer.
     
  18. leadvail

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    WE have a few of those in CO. Cross muley and elk. We call them Mulk. Bob
     
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    On second thought, it might be a rare breed of Cat!
     
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