Elk in America

Elk in America

Downloadable Video - 2012
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This award-winning wildlife documentary captures the life cycle of elk amidst the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Filmed over three years by renowned wildlife cinematographer, Gary W. Griffen, the unforgettable images and original soundtrack will immerse viewers in the elk's natural environment. Narrated by actor Stacy Keach, Elk in America provides a better understanding of when elk came to North America, their mystical relationship with Native Americans, and their drastic decline when settlers spread westward. Forty thousand years ago, elk crossed an ancient land bridge from Asia to Alaska and slowly migrated south with the melting glaciers. Once, six subspecies of elk roamed over most of the continent. Their original range extended farther than any other member of the deer family. Naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton estimated that there may have been ten million elk living in North America in pre-colonial times. However by the early 1900s, market hunting and the loss of habitat had reduced herds to less than 100,000. Today, through restoration and conservation programs, elk are slowly returning to much of their former range. Elk have even been re-introduced into eastern states like Kentucky and Tennessee, where herds now roam freely for the first time in more than 150 years. In western states herds have increased in number, especially in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The vast, precipitous terrain of the Rocky Mountains is the perfect habitat for North America's largest population of elk. More than a half million elk once again thrive here. Witness rare footage of a cow giving birth in a secluded mountain meadow. Follow the mother elk and her calf as they encounter the perils of dangerous predators and raging rivers. Enter the mysterious world of a bull elk in early autumn. Listen to his haunting bugles and watch him fight for the breeding rights to a large harem of cows. Follow herds on their annual migration to lower elevations where thousands of elk gather in winter. Experience the drama when a pack of hungry wolves confronts a herd of adult bulls. This is the world of elk in America.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla,, 2012.
[United States] :, Janson Media :, 2012.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (circa 54 min.)) :,sound, color.
data file, rda
digital, rda
Additional Contributors: Keach, Stacy - Narrator
hoopla digital


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