Traverse City Michigan
The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species of deer in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America.
Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. It is a ruminant species, with a four-chambered stomach, and feeds on grasses, plants, leaves and bark.
Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females.
Some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force. Elk are hunted as a game species; the meat is leaner and higher in protein than beef or chicken. Only the males have antlers, which start growing in the spring and are shed each winter. Calves are born spotted, as is common with many deer species, and they lose their spots by the end of summer