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Elk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Elk **

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This article is about the species called "elk" in North America. For the
species called "elk" in Eurasia (Alces alces), see moose.
For other uses of the names, see Elk (disambiguation) and Wapiti
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Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: /Cervus/
Species: /*C. canadensis*/
Binomial name
*/Cervus canadensis/*
(Erxleben, 2009)^[1]

Former (light green) and current (dark green) ranges of /Cervus canadensis/
various /*Cervus elaphus*/ subspecies

The *elk* or *wapiti* (/Cervus canadensis/) is one of the largest species
of the Cervidae or deer family in the world, and one of the largest land
mammals in North America and eastern Asia. It was long believed to be a
subspecies of the European red deer (/Cervus elaphus/), but evidence from a
2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA indicates that the two are distinct

This animal should not be confused with the larger moose (/Alces alces/),
to which the name "elk" applies in Eurasia. Apart from the moose, the only
other member of the deer family to rival the elk in size is the south Asian
sambar (/Rusa unicolor/).

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants,
leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they
have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including
Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Their great adaptability may
threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in
ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler
wrestling (sparring), and /bugling/, a loud series

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk

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