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The Mighty Elk

A buck elk. (Wikipedia/Mongo)

This majestic beast will range in size from 500 to 700 pounds, making the Elk one of the largest members of the deer family. And here in Wyoming resides one of the largest populations in the World. In fact, the National Elk Refuge in Yellowstone National Park is home to some 30,000 of these magnificent animals, the largest herd in the world.

The Indians called the mighty Elk, “Wapiti”. And the wapiti have been abundant in the mountain regions of Wyoming for centuries. Elk is the English term for “European moose”. The Elk has been a popular prey for hunters for centuries as well, their meat a staple, and their antlers an impressive trophy. Elk antlers have even been made into arches, and even marketed and sold as an aphrodisiac.

The mighty Elk is one of the more popular sights, and sounds, for tourists too. The Elk provides an inspiring picture of this most unique creature, and the sound of the “bugle” of the male, is unmistakable. It’s truly one of the most distinctive sounds in the wild kingdom, and one heard during the fall rutting season. In the spring, the bulls will drop their antlers, and immediately begin growing new ones.

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