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The mountainous portions of the western regions of North America is where the wild population of elk, also known as Cervus elaphus scientifically, is concentrated.

In summer, elk wear a light tan coat, while in the winter, they taken on a dense, darker brown coat.

The size of of a bull elk's antlers is an indication of his health and strength, and of his capacity to sire similarly hardy offspring. Antlers also are handy weapons when the need arises to defend one's territory and one's harem of female elk (cows) during the fall rutting (breeding) season.

Only male elk have antlers. Bulls shed and grow a new set of antlers every year.

Elk are part of the old Siberian Ice Age fauna that crossed the Bering land bridge into Alaska. There they appeared along with caribou over one million years ago, but they were unable to establish themselves in the southern half of the continent, because of the presence of the native large fauna.

It's been a while since I took my fly rod out and luckily I just got my catch of the day, a Rainbow trout fish such a cool fish.

Elks prefer open woodlands and avoid dense unbroken forests. Elk can be found in coniferous swamps, clear cuts, aspen-hardwood forests, and coniferous-hardwood forests.

Elks migrate into the mountains at the beginning of the spring, and return back to the valleys at the beginning of the winter.

Elk are classic red deer in their biology. However, they are more highly adapted to life in open plains, to grazing, and to cold, long winters. They evolved as fast endurance runners that are very difficult to catch even with the best of horses, particularly in broken terrain. Nevertheless, they get their chief protection from predators by forming large groups.

The archaeological record suggests that elk became very abundant after European diseases decimated Native American populations in the 16th century, thus greatly reducing human predation. Elk were valued by native peoples more for their hide and ceremonial value than for their meat. Although they were nearly exterminated by market hunting in the 19th century, elk have been widely reintroduced throughout North America and are now thriving.

Moose are at home in the water despite their staggering bulk. They have been seen paddling several miles at a time, and will even submerge completely, staying under for 30 seconds or more.

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