Bull Elk from the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park showing off the infamous "Lip Curl" posture
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Wow Another Great shot Bob! Were they bugling too while you were there?
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Very nice. I grew up in that area and I miss being able to head up there on the weekends.
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Great shot of a new resident to the GSMNP!! They "imported" the elk about 6 years ago, it appears they they are settling in. I stll lived in east Tenn when they were introduced
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rcarpenter3d wrote in post #13203276
Wonderful shot. It the lip curl a defensive posture?
No, the lip curl is actually called flehmen, and is used to bring molecules into the vomeronasal organ in the roof of the mouth. It allows for detection of all sorts of scents, and is particularly used to determine if a female is in estrus. So basically the bull was trying to determine if a nearby female would be interested in his advances.
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Ahhh, I love Rut season. Beautiful capture.
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Really nice lip curl image, Bob. Love seeing those teeth!
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Hey, I'm going to be staying in Bryson City, NC around Thanksgiving. What advice can you lend me about where to go and what to shoot? Thanks in advance!
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