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.