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Elk (Cervus elaphus)
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Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Male (left) and female (right) elk

Description: Elk (Cervus elaphus), also known as Wapiti, are very large, deer-like creatures. Males stand to 5-ft at the shoulder and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Antlers are very long (to 65 inches) and wide (spread to 74 inches). Color is tan overall, with white on the rump and chestnut on the head and neck. Antlers are shed in late fall. Females are smaller (to 600 pounds) and lack antlers.

Taxonomy: Order: Artiodactyla, Family: Cervidae. Recent research indicates that North American elk are a species separate from Cervus elaphus and should be included in Cervus canadensis.

Diet: Elk feed in forest and forest-edge habitats, primarily grazing on grasses and forbs, but they also browse on leaves and bark.

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Elk at Cold Creek, NV, during winter

Habitat: Open shrubby forests, mountain meadows in summer; lower elevations (foothills, valleys) during winter. Ranging during the year from the Pine-Fir Forest (Canadian Life Zone) down to the Mojave Desert Scrub (Upper Sonoran Life Zone).

Range: Widely scattered throughout western North America with populations centered in the Rocky Mountains and along the Pacific Coast from Washington south to northern California.

Comments: A herd of rocky mountain elk was introduced into the Cold Creek area in the Spring Mountains in the early 1900s where a small herd is managed by the Nevada Division of Wildlife for hunting. In recent years, the herd has spread southward, at least as far south as Mt. Potosi.

elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus) If you were a tasty forb or a little flower, this might be the last face you ever see!
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Male elk
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Female and juvenile elk
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Male elk
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Male elk
Elk (Cervus elaphus)
Male elk
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Female elk
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Female elk
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Female elk
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Female elk
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk female nursing one calf and giving it a bath at the same time
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk female nursing two calves
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk female nursing one calf
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk juveniles; note the white spots
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
I guess we know what he thinks of me!
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk at Cold Creek, NV, during winter
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk at Cold Creek
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk at Cold Creek
elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk at Cold Creek
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Male elk on the west side of the Spring Mts. in Lovell Canyon
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk hoof print
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk scat
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk scat
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk scat
Elk (wapiti) (Cervus elaphus)
Elk scat
Elk (Cervus elaphus)
Elk along road in Grand Canyon National Park
Elk (Cervus elaphus)
Elk scat

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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