Friday, March 31, 2023

MendoMoments: A Roosevelt Elk at Sinkyone Wilderness

[Picture provided by Joshua Harden]

Sometimes a sliver of time can capture the immensity of our world. Joshua Harden found himself immersed in the primordial and other-worldly environment of the Sinkyone Wilderness, Mendocino County’s very own stretch of the legendary Lost Coast.

In a snap of the aperture, the seagrasses stand tall in the foreground, a Roosevelt Elk Bull stands tall in the middle ground, and the bluffs that dominate Sinkyone Wilderness loom in the background

Where the King’s Range stretch of the Lost Coast is punctuated by long beaches of black sand, south of Shelter Cove the topography becomes one of a continent giving way to the mighty Pacific. Steep bluffs plummet into the savage seas and hikers navigate steep inland terrain to reach various harbors nestled along this stretch of coast.

Visitors of the Sinkyone Wilderness are often met with the site of the Roosevelt Elk. A pamphlet published by California State Parks explains that the park’s herd was “originally relocated from Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park” after being rescued by a group of ranchers working to save the species and their habitat.

MendoFever’s newest column, MendoMoments, is dedicated to showcasing the land, animals, and people that make up Mendocino County. All Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to participate. Send photographs to including a description of what your photograph depicts, where it was taken, and any other important details.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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