Cervus Canadensis: Elk

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The elk or wapiti [Cervus Canadensis] is one of the largest species of deer in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.

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Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year.

Photos: Wild Animal SafariPine MountainGA, USA [20121008]

Source: Wikipedia

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