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Roosevelt Elk
(Wapiti)

Cervus canadensis roosevelti

Subspecies of Elk



First Noted by Expedition
December 2, 1805, at the mouth of the Columbia River at Tongue Point, near present-day Astoria, Oregon.
 

Description
A very large cervid, with thick neck and slender legs. Brown or tan above; underparts darker. Male has large, many-tined antlers. Height: 4.5-5 ft (1.41.5 m); length: 6.79.8 ft (23 m); tail: 3.18.4 in (821 cm).
 

Habitat
In summer, chiefly high, open mountain pastures; in winter, lower wooded slopes, often dense woods.
 

Range
From eastern British Columbia, central Alberta, central Saskatchewan, and southern Manitoba south to central New Mexico and Arizona, with great numbers in Washington, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
 

Note
The second largest member of the deer family in North America, wapiti is a Shoshone word for "pale" or "white."

Species information from enature.com
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