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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 110 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 110
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Kaweah [May 24, 1907]  old-but he did not keep any record of his figures. At about 100 years the first ring of heartwood forms and at the same period the bark of youth changes to fibrous bark. Big Tree bark will not burn or very slowly. The trunks are thus wonderfully protected and it requires repeated burning to deaden wood and effect an entrance below bark. The elk in the Park were brought there last Oct. a year ago. The first consignment consisted of two bulls. Then came a lot of cows and bulls. We have about 18 head now, perhaps a few more as we do not know exactly how many calves have come. It was a problem whether they would do well in ::::::::: [Kaweah] May 24, 1907 the Park-a great problem. They arrived in bad condition. Cut from head to toe, eyes gouged out, skinned and bruised, they resisted capture and rail transportation so violently. The screw worms, in spite of antiseptic treatment on release, got into the fresh cuts. As a result the elk effected became morose and sullen, and it was necessary to capture them and re-treat the wounds. The question of feed was the most important point in relation to their welfare. When they were first released we noticed what shrubs they browsed: Leatherwood (Fremontia californica), Poison Oak (Rhus diversiloba), Deer Brush (Ceanothus integerrimus) As there is an abundance of these
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