These Elk were spotted in Yellowstone National Park while I was there last month. I saw the two bull or male Elk sitting down beside some trees in a clearing not far off of a road. I took these pictures while on a photo tour with an experienced guide. These Elk seemed to be sleepy which makes sense as it was about 6:15 AM when I took the photographs. During the mating season, bull Elk will use their antlers as battering rams and will butt heads with rivals during fights in order to win their mate (s). The bulls shed their antlers every fall and will re-grow the huge antler racks during the next Spring. Elk eat grasses mostly and also will occasionally munch on other low vegetation.
By the way, I saw very few Elk during this trip compared with my last trip back in August of 2011. The Elk herds last month may just have been in other districts of the huge park. There were several Grizzly Bears in the same area I was taking pictures, so that is yet another reason why I likely was not seeing many Elk. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!