Elk

Our Eagle Elk

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Did you know that the largest elk population in the world is in Colorado with almost 300,000 elk?

It's important to stay a safe distance and enjoy observing our beautiful Eagle elk from afar. Not just for our safety, but so the elk can feel secure in their habitat without stress that can impact their health. 

How do you know you are too close? If an elk alters it's behavior, such as grazing or if it begins looking at you, you are too close.

Elk Fun Facts

  • A group of elk are called a herd or a gang.
  • Elk antlers are made of fast growing bone that have been known to grow up to one inch per day. Sunlight causes a boost in testosterone levels which encourages antler growth. Elk antlers can weigh up to 40 lbs!
  • The Shawnee name for elk is wapiti, which translates to "white rump". 
  • Elk, who weigh up to 700 pounds, aren't slow! They can run up to 40 miles per hour and jump 8 feet vertically.
  • Male elk- bull, Female elk- cow, Baby elk- calf, Yearling bull elk- Spike
  • Elk are considered to be a keystone species: (A keystone species is a species on which other species in an ecosystem largely depend, such that if it were removed the ecosystem would change.)

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