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Elk belong to the deer family. Large bulls may weigh 800 lbs and have large antlers, which are shed annually. Cows are smaller and are without antlers. Both sexes are tawny brown with darker necks and legs and tan rumps.
Forested edges, grasslands (originally), and mountain forests.
My wife and I found this bull in a clearing next to the road in Rocky Mountain National Park. The elk here are highly habituated to people; this is one of the best places to photograph elk that I've found.