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Alberta Elk  (Cervus elaphus)

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Elk can be found throughout Alberta in the foothills and rocky mountains. Elk migrate form higher summer ranges to lower valleys and foothills during the winter months. Bulls can weigh as much as 450 kilograms (1000 pounds). Cows can weigh up to 270 kilograms (600 pounds). Elk usually graze on forbs and grasses, although they will browse on aspen bark and twigs in winter if food is scarce. During the rutting season Elk bulls use their antlers to challenge one to increase their harem of cows. The rut lasts from late August to mid October. Calves are then born the following spring. During rutting season bull Elk can be very dangerous. Never approach a bull Elk. More injuries have been causes by elk then any other animal in the National parks. The town of Banff in Banff National Park has a serious problem with Elk wandering around the town site especially during rutting season. The name "elk" originated with early European settlers in the United States, who confused it with the European elk, which is a close relative of our moose. north American elk are more closely related to the European red deer. Elk are often called "wapiti," the Shawnee word for "white rump." This description refers to the prominent, cream-colored rump patch. (Text information was provided by Alberta Government Resource Development.)

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