Lost Creek Ranch - Oil On Canvas - 8 x 10 Grace - Trumpeter Swan - 2011 - Oil on Panel 16" x 20" Comeback Kids - 2010 - Oil On Panel - 11” x 12 1/2” The Black Footed Ferret is one of our many endangered species.  Prairie dogs, which are the main diet for the black footed ferret, were poisoned to eliminate the ranchers’ problems with the prairie dogs.   Unfortunately, this considerably cut the food supply for the ferret.  In addition, by virtue of diminished habitat there has been inbreeding.  This has caused the black footed ferret’s immune system to be compromised.  Borrowed Light - 2011 - Oil On Panel - 16” x 20” These majestic Trumpeter Swans are shown in the serenity in the waning light of the day.  As one of the largest birds in North America, the trumpeter swan has a wing span of over 7 feet  They mate for life and can live up to 20 years.    Made with Xara Works Available for Purchase Come Back Kids - Black Footed Ferrett - 2010 - Oil On Panel - 11 x 12 1/2 Grace - Trumpeter Swan - 2011 - Oil on Panel 16" x 20" Douglas Allen Studio Out Of The Shadow - Oil On Panel - 16 x 12 - Trailside Gallery Out Of The Shadow - Oil On Panel - 16 x 12 - Trailside Gallery Out of the Shadows - 2011 - Oil On Panel - 16” x 12”  - J.N. Bartfifeld Gallery Only the male Elk have antlers, which start growing in the spring and shed each winter.  The largest antlers may be up to 4ft long and weigh up to 40 pounds.  Antlers are made of bone which can grow approximately an inch each day.  While actively growing, the antlers are covered with a highly vascularized skin known as velvet.  The velvet is shed in summer when the antlers have fully developed.  Bull elk may have 8 or more tines on each antler; however, the number of tines has little to do with the age or maturity of the animal.