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Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

Bull elk takes heat at Hanford

Bull elk with harem on Hanford Nuclear Reservation in September 2011. (Erika Holmes)
Bull elk with harem on Hanford Nuclear Reservation in September 2011. (Erika Holmes)

BIG GAME -- We don't think of elk as being creatures game for hot weather, but the elk enjoying the sanctuary of the near-desert conditions on the Handford Nuclear Reservation are doing just fine, thank you.

Erika Holmes, who works at the Hanford Site, snapped this photo of a bull and his harem last week. 
 
The bull had at least 23 cows in his harem in sight of salmon anglers fishing the Hanford Reach of the Columbia, she said.
 



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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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