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Rocky Mountain Elk

Cervus canadensisFile:Rocky Mountain Bull Elk.jpg



Average Size: 1.3-1.5m (4-5ft) and weighs 147-499 kg (325-1,100lbs)

Average Lifespan: 8-12 years

Range/ Distribution Map


Reconstructed (light green) and recent (dark green) range of the wapiti (Cervus canadensis).


Habitat description:

Behavior/Diet: Herbivore. Will eat grass, shrubs, tree bark, twigs. They are sociable though the female and male groups are usually separate.

Conservation Status: Listed as a least concern because of how adaptive they are and their increasing numbers. Biggest threats are diseases and deforestation. 

Fun Fact: An elk’s stomach has 4 chambers the 1st to store food and the rest to digest it.