wandering the streets of #Banff
in the #RockyMountains
100 miles west of #Calgary
1) They are one of the largest members of the #Deer
family, but are not closely related to the still larger #Moose
2) Only the males have antlers. They can be up to four feet long and weigh 40 pounds. Each #antler
may have 8 or more tines. Unlike with many other breeds of deer, the number of tines does not relate to age or maturity.
3) Females typically stand four feet at the shoulder and weigh 500 pounds. The males are forty percent larger standing five feet at the shoulder and weigh over 700 pounds.
4) Elk live 20 years or more in captivity but average 10 to 13 years in the wild.
5) The Greater #Yellowstone
Ecosystem elk herd numbers over 200,000 and during the spring and fall, they take part in the longest elk #migration
in the continental U.S. moving to and from their winter feeding grounds on the #NationalElkRefuge
near #Jackson #Wyoming
6) Elk consume an average of 20 pounds of vegetation daily.
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