Bloody Bison

Bloody Bison

Elk & Bison Prairie, Wildlife
By Curtis Fowler, Elk & Bison Prairie Manager [caption id="attachment_10735" align="alignright" width="277"] Bison with damaged horn cap[/caption] If you visited or will be visiting the Elk & Bison Prairie today or the next few days, you may get a glimpse of a bison that damaged its right horn cap sometime between last night and this morning when we checked the herd. This type of injury is fairly minor. It does produce a lot of blood as you can see by the photo. This is a female yearling.  She must have bumped something harder than her horn. This “bump” broke the seal on her horn between her hard outer shell and the inside tissue connected to it.  If it is not re-damaged by another impact, it should heal over just fine. …
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Summer in the Elk and Bison Prairie

Summer in the Elk and Bison Prairie

Customer Service, Elk & Bison Prairie, Plants, Restoration, Stewardship, Wildlife
The following is provided by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes: Sure, the brown fuzzy things are the number one interest to most of the visitors who drive through the Elk and Bison Prairie; however, there are a lot more feathered, crawling, and flowering things in there if you are willing to take the time to slow down and enjoy them too! Remember, when it is hot, the ones wearing the coats like to find shade, so look for the other things that like to show off for visitors regardless of the weather. Enjoy your visit! --Curtis [gallery type="slideshow" link="file" ids="10583,10584,10585,10586,10587,10588,10589,10590,10591,10592,10593,10594,10595,10596,10597,10598" orderby="rand"]
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New Elk Calves at Elk & Bison Prairie

New Elk Calves at Elk & Bison Prairie

Customer Service, Elk & Bison Prairie, Restoration, Wildlife
The following is provided by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes: Here are some more photos of elk calves taken last week at the Elk and Bison Prairie.  Some of the calves and their mothers have been exploring in small groups, so calves are occasionally seen in the late evenings. We have confirmed at least 7 different calves so far, but expect that others are out there hiding. We suspect a few others are still to come. Enjoy your visit! --Curtis [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="10384,10579,10577,10580,10578"]    
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First Elk Calf of the Season

First Elk Calf of the Season

Customer Service, Elk & Bison Prairie, Restoration, Stewardship, Wildlife
Story submitted by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area-- As spring turns into summer, bison at the Elk & Bison Prairie have been producing calves almost every week since early April. Memorial Day weekend marks the time that elk normally start producing their calves at the Elk & Bison Prairie. The first calf was seen on June 8; however, there are likely a few others hiding in the bushes. Bugle Corps staff have spotted 4 elk calves so far over the past week. [caption id="attachment_10384" align="alignleft" width="300"] First elk calf tagged in 2014. She is approximately 2 days old in this photo taken by Curtis Fowler.[/caption] This week, we located one of the newest calves and tagged it (as required by state regulations). This female calf…
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Wildflowers Bloom at Elk & Bison Prairie

Wildflowers Bloom at Elk & Bison Prairie

Elk & Bison Prairie, Plants, Restoration, Stewardship, Wildlife
Submitted by Curtis Fowler, Range Technician at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area [caption id="attachment_10161" align="alignright" width="300"] Indian Pink wildflowers at Elk & Bison Prairie[/caption] This gorgeous stand of Indian Pink was found in an area of the Elk & Bison Prairie that had been burned during a prescribed fire at the end of March. They are blooming along a shady creekside, creating perfect habitat for wildlife. Wildflowers can be found all across Land Between The Lakes throughout the year. Take a drive or a hike to see what you can find! For more information about Indian Pink, visit http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SPMA3.
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