American Elk (Wapiti)

3 Bull Elk at Forest Canyon Overlook in the early morning (July 1999). Antlers are in full velvet.


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Drastically reduced from early hunting, the elk population has made a comeback since the establishment of the park in 1915. By day, elk seek shelter in the forests, and then graze in meadows between dusk and dawn. During winter, they move to lower elevations where food is more plentiful. Large bull elk may stand five feet high at the shoulder, weigh 900 pounds and run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour.


Wapiti Photo Gallery

More photographs of Wapiti (American Elk) can be found in the

Wapiti Photo Gallery.



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