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ONLINE EXTRA: Readers share their photos of the infamous Manvel 'raghorn' bull elk

The raghorn bull elk that's been turning heads near Manvel struck a stately pose for Angie Amundson-Kadlec early Tuesday evening. 1 / 9
Whitney Chisholm of Manvel shared this photo she took Wednesday morning of the elk, which she says has been in the area near their residence since early Monday morning. "We have had quite the influx of traffic on our private road," she said. "I see at least four to five cars parked down there any given time that I drive through. They are usually looking and taking pictures of the elk."2 / 9
Lee Moran shared this photo of the elk grazing in a field that quickly is losing its snow cover.3 / 9
Mary Haslerud Opp shared this photo her husband and daughter, Dean and Hannah Opp, took about 9 a.m. Wednesday.4 / 9
A bit fuzzy but clearly an elk, this time photographed by Susie Anderson.5 / 9
Amy Dallum of Amy Dallum Photography shared this photo of the elk, which she took early Tuesday evening after a friend sent her a tip about the animal's whereabouts earlier in the day.6 / 9
Marty Hart shared this photo his wife took of the bull elk Tuesday evening.7 / 9
Sarah Odegard shared this photo a co-worker took Wednesday morning.8 / 9
Becky Benson shared this photo of what appears to be the same raghorn elk, taken in late September just north of Manvel.9 / 9

It's not every day a bull elk wanders into clear view in the Red River Valley and hangs around for a few days, so it's no wonder the raghorn bull that's been hanging out near Manvel, N.D., has been a big hit among wildlife watchers and photographers.

If it's not the most photographed elk to ever make an appearance in the Red River Valley, it has to be right up there. By some accounts, the elk has been in the area since sometime last summer or early last fall.

A raghorn refers to an intermediate-sized elk with antlers that have anywhere from one to six points on each side. Most likely, the 5x5 bull near Manvel, which hasn't yet shed its rack, was pushed down from the Pembina Gorge, according to Jim Job, outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Grand Forks. There have been sightings and trail camera photos of elk showing up from Larimore to Manvel to Oslo, Minn., since at least last September, Job says.

The Herald invited readers to share their photos of the elk, and the submissions have been rolling in steady, so we thought we'd share them.


Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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