Title:     "Elk Challenge"

©  Alaska Artist Dianne Roberson

Elk Fighting | Palmer, Alaska  

Stock #  PDC 240

 Photography        |        Color Print on glossy paper

Size:  20" w by 16" h          $ 45.00             

Size:  14" w by 11" h          $ 35.00             

Description:     Two male elk challenge each other with Pioneer Peak in the background near Palmer,
.  These elk are in Butte, Alaska about 10 minutes from Palmer, and about 45 minutes from
Anchorage along the Old Glen Hwy (take the Old Glen Hwy exit as you’re heading north out of Anchorage
toward the MatSu Valley).    The Butte is an  881 foot mound affords phenomenal views of the famous
mountains of the MatSu valley which surround it .

Elk is a large species of the deer family. Mature bulls will range in weight from 800 to 1,000 pounds, while
cows will weigh 600 to 800 pounds.  Each antler consists of a main beam with long, sharp-pointed prongs
(points). The main beam sweeps outward, upward, and backward. The points point forward. Bulls grow
spikes.  An old bull's antlers may be 5 feet long and weigh 25-40 pounds.
Elk with 10 points per antler have
been observed.  Antlers are bony outgrowths. They develop from and are cemented to two protuberances
called pedicles on top of the skull. While
Elk antlers are growing they are covered by a furry skin covering
called velvet. The growing antlers and the velvet are supplied with oxygen and nutrients by a network of blood
vessels. Growth and hardening of the antlers is completed in late July or August. In August, increased
production of testosterone cuts off the blood supply to the antlers and velvet. The velvet dies, dries up, and
peels away.  

This print is treated with an ultra violent protective coating.  It will be rolled and inserted into a mailing tube.  It
will be mailed first class by the U.S. Postal Service and insured.  To order contact me at  
dianne@artworldplus.com  for more information.
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