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Most of the subdivisions on the edge of Payson and Pine have wandering elk herds that are now very vocal and create a distinctive western flavor to a morning cup of coffee; some even provide a show as they boldly come into yards.

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The bugle of the bulls

During the past couple of weeks, the shrill bugle of the many bull elk that are courting the available cows in the Rim Country has interrupted the quiet early morning hours. The early fall is the time of year when getting up at the crack of dawn will add some wildlife entertainment by listening to the competing bulls as they gather their harem of cow elk, which is part of the natural cycle of reproduction for these majestic animals.


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