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  a five-tined rack
by zrim

Antlers are layers of cartilage that mineralize into bone. In the spring and early summer the antlers are covered by what is called velvet. The velvet is full of blood vessels that carries nutrients to the ever growing bone. By August the antlers are fully mineralized and the elk are ready to shed the velvet which they do by rubbing their antlers against rocks, shrubs and trees. Did you know that the antlers can grow as much as an inch a day. The key to a large rack is eating a healthy diet. The more an elk eats and the better an elk eats, the larger his rack is going to be. It is assumed that the females prefer the strongest and healthiest males and the size of the rack shows her just who is king of the grazing land.

Address: Banff National Park

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  • Written Jul 27, 2003
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