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Friday, August 13, 2010

Elk (Wapiti) of the Rocky Mountains

There is an abundance of Rocky Mountain Elk in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. During our visit in June, 2010 we were able to view, and photograph, stately bulls with their antlers still in velvet, cows, and newly born calves. Some were wearing a radio tracking collar for research purposes. They are always beautiful and interesting. I hope you enjoy the photos…
















According to Wikipedia "the word "wapati" Elk (Cervus canadensis), is from the Cree language wapiti, a large deer species native to western North America.  The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis), is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the moose, Alces alces (called an "elk" in Europe), is larger. Elk are almost identical to red deer found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; however, mitochondrial DNA evidence from 2004 strongly suggests they are a distinct species."

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