- The Elk is the second largest member of the deer
family with slender legs, a thick neck and is coloured
brown or tan with darker underparts. The antlers, only
grown by males, are large with many tines, the main
beam up to 150 cm long.
- The Elk occurs in high, open mountain pastures in
summer and lower, wooded slopes or dense woods in the
winter. They are most abundant along the western side
of the rockies but they also can be found near Golden,
Bush River, Forest Lake, Lucerne area, Seebach Creek,
Pear River area, and Tuchodi Lake area.
- This nocturnal creature is primarily a grazer feeding
on woody vegetation and lichen. Once the velvet of his
antlers has been discarded, the bull begins assembling
his harem of up to 60 cows. The gestation period is
255-275 days. The Elk's main predator is the mountain
lion and sometimes bears get the young.
Tracks - The track of an elk is larger and rounder
than that of a deer and somewhat rounder and smaller
than that of a moose. Look for blackened, rough bark
on aspen trees to distinguish the elks habitat.
Straddle: 20 cm (8 in)
Stride: 65 - 70 cm (26 - 28 in)
Track: 10 cm (4 in) long / 7.5 cm (3 in) wide