Other than slight variations s in the shade of their coats, I cannot see any difference between the animals. It could be that the Rocky Mountain elk was a tad heavier than the eastern counterpart, but it's hard to say. I was farther away from the one in Rocky Mountain National Park than I was from the bull I saw in the Smokies.
And of the two, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park individual seems to have the greater rack size.
The nicest thing, though, is that we have these great animals here in the Southeast again. I never really thought I'd see it happen.
|Bull elk in Rocky Mountain National Park late last month.|
|Bull elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park last October.|