Great Sand Dunes National Park » Great Sand Dunes NP 08   2 comments

Posted April 19, 2014 by henrymowry

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  1. Beautiful picture. Do the elk winter here?

    • Yes. Elk prefer open grasslands, avoiding forests when possible. In the San Luis Valley, they may seasonally migrate up into montane meadows or alpine tundra, but some herds stay on the valley floor year-round. In the western U.S., a combination of encroachment on grassland habitat via development, and maturing closed-canopy forests has had an effect on their distribution.

      There are estimated to be over 4000 elk in the eastern part of the San Luis Valley.

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