(Cervus elaphus) ELK, WAPITI, or RED DEER
Size of Jasper Alberta's Elk
- Mass: 230 to 450 kg
Length: to 10 ft. (3 m)
- Wildlife living area: taiga, temperate forest & rainforest, temperate grassland
Status: no special status.
Range: Although elk were once found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, today large populations are found only in the western United States from Canada through the Eastern Rockies to New Mexico, and in a small region of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. Elk were reestablished in the eastern United States with three transplantations throughout the 1900's. Various elk populations in the western US, including Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, contributed to the reestablishment.
- Elks range in color from dark brown in winter to tan in summer and have a characteristic buff colored rump. The head, neck, belly and legs are darker than both the back and sides. Elk generally have a long head with large ears and widely branching antlers as long as 1.1-1.5 m from tip to tip.
- A dark shaggy mane hangs from the neck to the chest. With a thick body, short tail and long slender legs, most elk stand approximately 0.75-1.5 m high at the shoulder and are 1.6-2.7 m from nose to tail. Most males are 10 percent larger than females and weigh twice as much.
- Most Elk Bulls shed their antlers during late March or very early April. At this time, their testosterone levels are generally considered to be at their lowest. The low testosterone levels contribute to the bone connected to the base of the antlers deterioration and eventually fall off.
Where do Elk(Wapiti) live?
Newborn Elk Calf in Jasper - 2019
Older, Bigger Elk Bulls shed their Antlers first, grow first, and polish the velvet first. It's nature's way of allowing the most mature bulls an advantage when entering the Rutting Season. With Rutting season quite a distance from late June yet, this Bull prefers isolated areas with lots of food to pack on as much mass as possible right now. Elk Calves show strong agility and energy by the end of June.
Elk in Jasper, Canada's Rockies in June
It's the Beginning Stages of the Elk Rut and Bulls are Becoming More Aggressive in Late August
Elk Bull with Herd during Rutting Season
Details on Elk in Jasper
2019 March - One of Jasper's Largest Elk Bulls the Day of Dropping His Antlers
One of the Most Impressive Bull Elks in JNP. Video is from the day of dropping his antlers. Bigger Bulls seem to do this earlier, getting a head start towards more mass the following year. This King still Asserts his dominance without His Crown... defending his spaces even at His lowest testosterone levels.
Elk prefer open woodlands and avoid dense unbroken forests. Elk can be found in coniferous swamps, clear cuts, aspen-hardwood forests, and coniferous-hardwood forests.
Elk have a home range of approximately 600 square miles.
Elk tracks are 3.5 - 4.5 in. (9 - 11 cm.) long and less pointed that the similarly-sized moose's. Dew claws are evident in snow, mud, and when running.