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The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia.

Fun Facts
  • Scientists believe the elk’s ivories (large canine teeth) are rudimentary tusks.
  • A wolf pack will take on an adult elk, but, surprisingly, more adult elk are killed by mountain lions than wolves. Of course man is a major predator as well.
  • Thomas Pennant, a naturalist, noted that elk seemed to be growing scarce. He made this comment in 1785.

Lowest risk; does not qualify for a higher risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.