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Largest species in the deer family, distinguished by huge palmate antlers of the males. Generally are solitary animals. Although generally slow-moving, they can become aggressive if startled.
Boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the northern hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates.
We came across this cow and calf pair in the same place on the Gunflint Trail both on the way out and on the way back from a backcountry ski trail. They were licking the salt from the road, and did not have intentions of moving. Both even bent down into their front knees to get a better taste. Beautiful pair to see.