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Not Elk by carpetsharkfreak Not Elk by carpetsharkfreak
An elk skull I cleaned and painted. She's very near and dear to me these days. No one ever sees the negative hoof-print on her forehead...its actual size.
PLEASE LOOK, don't take this image is not stock, you don't have permision to reference or retouch it.

*EDIT:* it has come to my clear attention that this is NOT an elk. I am a little disappointed, yes, but relieved too. I always assumed that the skull I found in the wild was poached and dumped because of the curious location that I found it in. However, it is apparently bovine. After the confirmation from three separate hunters that this was indeed elk, stronger evidence proves otherwise. At least I can rest assured that she is legal to own, now. 
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Falconsong Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
This isn't an elk skull, it's a cow skull (as in bovine, not as in "female elk/cow elk").  Elk and others in the deer family have an open area at the top of their nasal passages right under the eye socket, which this one lacks. Cows are also bulkier, wider, whereas elks are longer in the nose and slimmer. Cow vs Elk comparison (my skulls- cow on left, elk on right): sta.sh/029myx1kyvy Another angle, cow in back, elk in front: sta.sh/01rulgt470e3
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, wow! I was told by a couple hunters that this was an elk, I assumed that they would know better than I. However, I believe you are correct. The comparison is quite clear in showing the differences. The place where I found the skull was near an elk preserve, so I assumed (after asking a couple hunters) that she was probably poached and dumped. The dump site is still a little suspicious to me, maybe even more so now that it is not an elk. The skull was quite apparently hidden, and there were not other remains near it. Just a head. 
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Whtcrow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the simple elegance of this!
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
What state do you live in to get a skull like this? o-o
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I found this hiking on the Oregon Coast
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
So cool T___T Living in the LA County, we don't get this. The best I found was a full rabbit skull, but my mum wouldn't let me take it home >:/
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
whaaaaaat Grump you shoulda snuck it! Sneak it next time I guess xD Every enviroment has its own treasures, you just have to know where to look, a dog helps with sniffing them out!
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
I wish we were allowed to have a dog >_> lol
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Hesperida Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
great idea ^^
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carpetsharkfreak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks!:happybounce: 
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