Funny Looking Elk?

Today’s post features a recently published image that found it’s way into the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s magazine, “Bugle”. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is a non-profit organization, located in Missoula, Montana.  Their mission is “to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

RMEF contacted me about two months ago and wanted to use an image they found on my website in their November-December issue of “Bugle”.  When I reviewed the image they were inquiring about, I found it was of a male, Eastern-collared lizard.  Sheepishly, I had to ask them if they realized that the image was not of an elk. The responded by saying they were doing an article on Peck Ranch, a 23,000 acre Missouri Conservation area, in southern Missouri. Peck Ranch was the site where elk were re-introduced in 2011.  And in 2000, the Eastern-collared lizard was re-introduced here.

This past week, I received a check and a couple of copies of the magazine. Here are some images I captured:

Cover of “Bugle” magazine:

Cover of Bugle magazine

My image of a male, Eastern-collared lizard:

Male Eastern-collared Lizard

And the one-page article:

Peck Ranch Article

I might note that it wasn’t a cover photo … but page 18, so not too far away!  Maybe next time :o)




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