brings even more darkness and cold, and finally, the bulls will stop
exhibiting the behaviors of rut. However, they continue to lose
weight -as much as 25% of their total body weight by now. The older
bulls will also begin to lose their antlers. The younger bulls tend
to hold on to their antlers a little bit longer, and the females will
not typically drop theirs until after they have given birth in the
spring. This gives pregnant females the upper hand when guarding
their food craters from other reindeer.
Click here to learn more about how these natural changes inform our
management techniques on the farm.