“The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis), is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the moose, Alces alces (called an “elk” in Europe), is larger, and Cervus unicolor (the sambar deer) can rival the C. canadensis elk in size. Elk are almost identical to red deer found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; however, mitochondrial DNA evidence from 2004 strongly suggests they are a distinct species.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females." Wikipedia

Taken in Quebec, Canada

Nikon D800
ISO 2000
EV -0.33
Spot Metering
No Flash
100 MM
WB Shade


  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 1 year ago

    That is quite the rack Michael! He looks awesome between the green of the grass and the changing colors of the trees.

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    Konstantinos A...about 1 year ago

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 1 year ago

    What a remarkable beast, Michael. I’ve never seen one with antlers like this in the wild, but we have several elk farms around here, & these big fellas do appear on occasion. Have seen less well-endowed Wapiti roaming free in the past, but this one would be at the top of the list no matter where he showed up!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    October 14, 2013

    Beautiful work!

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    lorileeabout 1 year ago


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    Ginny York8 months ago

    Congratulations Michael!

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