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Roosevelt elk in Redwood NP, Humboldt State park by loiteke

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The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the larger moose (Alces alces), which is called an “elk” in Europe, and the sambar (Rusa unicolor) rival the elk in size. Elk are similar to the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies. However, evidence from a 2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA indicates 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 Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.

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Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coalmost 3 years ago

    Looks so content, among those beautiful wild grasses …… lovely to see, Meeli, and feel a connection, there being similar grasses around us at the moment ….. our wildlife is a bit smaller, though, tends to disappear in the grass :)

  • Thanks Alenka.

    – loiteke

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 3 years ago

    nice shot..

  • Thanks George

    – loiteke

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    What a handsome fellow. Well captured.

  • Thanks Bunny

    – loiteke

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Very lovely find and capture

  • Thanks

    – loiteke

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture dear Meeli.x

  • Thanks Catherine

    – loiteke

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    21 February 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thanks Konstantinos

    – loiteke

  • Rick Gustafson
    Rick Gustafsonalmost 3 years ago

    Nice to see work from our area.

  • Thanks Rick. So you live in North California

    – loiteke

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Meeli.

  • Thanks Julie

    – loiteke

  • Rick Gustafson
    Rick Gustafsonalmost 3 years ago

    Yes I do, Eureka to be exact. At our Redwood Camera Club meeting yesterday, there was a gentleman who there has taken literally thousands of pictures of the Elk in the Park.

  • I was in Eureka also. Pretty city, small and peacefull

    – loiteke

  • Linda Miller Gesualdo
    Linda Miller G...almost 3 years ago

    What an awesome image this :-)

  • Thnks Linda

    – loiteke

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