Sage Whiz Quiz | Elk

Sagebrush provides food for elk, especially in the winter when other plants are buried in snow. Photo: Brianna Randall

April 16, 2019

Elk in sagebrush. Photo: Brianna Randall


Fun Facts:

1. Elk are part of the deer family. Early British settlers mistook them for a species of moose and called them “elk,” the British term for moose.

2. Elk are ruminants with four-chambered stomachs. Like cattle, they are primarily grazers, though they will browse at times, like deer and moose.

3. Wapiti (originally waapiti) is a Shawnee and Cree word for elk that means “white rump.”


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