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Elk or wapiti

Herd of wapitis in a Rocky Mountains vallery in Colorado.

Herd of wapitis in a Rocky Mountains vallery in Colorado.


The wapiti or elk (Cervus canadensis), is a large cervid, can reach 1.5m7 4,9 feet in height at the shoulders and 500kg / 1100lb in weight. In Europe the moose( Alces alces) are named elk. This puts it ahead of its relative the European red deer (Cervus elaphos) in size. They feed on leaves and grass, and can eat up to 7kg daily. It is distributed throughout much of North America. Males have large branched antlers while females lack it.


Wapiti female browsing the road.

Wapiti female browsing the road.


Tags: ciervo, cervol, montañas rocosas, rocky mountains, elk


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