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Elk

Cervus elaphus
Photo by Mike Sturk

Habitat: Upland forests and praries, alpine tundra, coniferous forests or brushlands.  Typically higher elevations in spring, lower in the fall.

Description: Golden brown coat in the summer, that gets longer and greyer in the winter. The head, neck and legs are dark brown.  Male's antlers begin to grow in its second year.

Size: 1.8-2.8m long, 1.2-1.5m tall, 180-500kg

Diet: Woody plants and fallen leaves, in the winter, sedges and grasses in the spring and summer.

Fun Facts: Elk need salt in their diet, and will often travel great distances to eat soil rich in salt!

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Charadrius vociferus
Grayish-brown above and white below.  Has two black stripes on it's chest and a cinnamon colored tail.
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