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A Rack Of Antlers - Roosevelt Elk - Olympic National Park Wa
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The name "elk" is a bit confusing. Both, elk and moose, refer to Alces alces. In North America, it's called the moose, while in Europe it's the elk.
In North America, elk refers to Cervus elaphus, also known as the wapiti. In Europe, this same animal is known as the red deer.
Roosevelt elks are Olympic National Park's most beautiful and iconic animal. Also known as Olympic elk and Rain Forest Elk, they are the largest of the four surviving subspecies of elk in North America. They live in the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. The desire to protect the elk was one of the primary driving forces behind the establishment of the Mount Olympus National Monument (later Olympic National Park).
February 5th, 2011
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