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Massive Elk bull knocks his rival back, off his feet for Wapiti Wednesday

One of a sequence of images that I still have to pinch myself to believe I captured. While the rest of my crew opted to sleep in, I headed out for a hike on a crisp, high country September morning, lugging my camera along as always. I didn’t have to go far before an action-packed scene began to unfold.

In a nearby meadow, two bulls had gathered their harems, one at each end. Not content with simply keeping the females they had, the bulls opted to challenge each other for control of the groups. An epic battle ensued as the two immense creatures put their heads down, locked antlers and clashed. Here, the larger of the two, pushes back his smaller rival, lifting the smaller one off its back feet as it drove its head toward the ground.

It was an amazing experience, one of my favorite wildlife encounters of all time. You can check out the entire sequence of images from the battle here.

Two bull Elks grapple in front of their harems in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two bull Elks grapple in front of their harems in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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