Elk Photo Gallery
What does the Elk look like?
Elk vary in color depending on the season. In the winter they tend to be dark brown and a lighter shade of tan in the summer. Their undercarriages and backs are lighter in color than their dark necks and legs. The hair on their long necks is longer than the rest of their body. They have large heads and males grow impressive antlers that they shed each year. Males are larger than females and may weigh up to twice as much.
Elk are large herbivores. They feed on grasses, flowers and a variety of woody plants. They are have a variety of predators including, mountain lions, wolves, grizzly bears and coyotes. They are also called Wapiti, which is a Native American meaning for “light colored deer.” The lose their antlers each fall after breeding and regrow them in the spring. In the summer they tend to migrate to higher grazing grounds. Elk calves can stand and walk within 20 minutes of birth. In the winter elk form large herds and return to lower ground were less snow is present. They once ranged across North America, but are primarily in the western U.S. now. However, there are several isolated pockets in the east, such as in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and in Pennsylvania. For a great chance at viewing them in the wild there is no better place than Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.