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What is rut? Examining the annual elk ritual

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By Christopher Johnson  What is rut? Instinct is the result of years of experience being handed down from generation to generation.  For elk, the act of rutting is an instinct that affects not only each individual elk’s life, but also the life of the entire herd. Mating and social hierarchy are arguably the two most important aspects of an elk’s life, both of which are influenced almost exclusively by the rutting period. Timing is everything Depending on factors such as latitude and elevation, the rutting period will occur anytime between August and October. The shorter days at this time of [...]


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