This is an animal recognizable by the big size of the adult male, the dark reddish-brown color of its head, neck and chest; the rest of the body being clear.
The elk is a good swimmer and runner (it can reach the speed of 50 km/h). They live on average 20 years. Not very shy, he will willingly approach cars in search of carrots. The wapiti, known under the name of elk by the North American Anglophones, is an herbivore mammal from the deer family. The name wapiti is actually a North American deer subspecies (cervus elaphus) which the natural range covers Europe and North America. From a Montana and Wyoming origin, it is the second largest deer in the world (1,40 m at the shoulder) after the moose (elk).
The mating season is from mid-September to the end of October. Females give birth between the end of May and the beginning of June, to generally one fawn. Males are aggressive in the mating season, and, therefore, dangerous.