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Elk lower jaw

Cervus canadensis


A mature elk lower jawbone. Probably 8 years or older based on the severely worn teeth. Elk consume an average of 9.1 kilograms (20 lb) of various vegetation daily. Like deer and moose, elk are ruminants. They initially chew their food just enough to swallow it. Their side to side chewing motions ware the teeth down and can eventually cause starvation due to the fact that they can't eat enough to support themselves.


Spotted in the Umtanum mountains.

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Brian38 6 years ago

Thank you Ashley for the nomination.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago


maplemoth662 6 years ago

Beautiful, background colors....

maplemoth662 6 years ago

Photo No. 1: is a beautiful photo....

AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Oct 7, 2017
Submitted on Mar 2, 2018

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