Elk (Wapiti) Cervus elaphus
Elk (Wapiti)© Parks Canada / EI9912310045
Description : Second largest animal in the deer family. In summer both sexes are golden brown with a mane of long brown hair. Cream coloured rump patch.
Habitat: The preferred habitat al Elk Island is open meadows mixed with aspen forest.
Habits: Elk are herd animals. Most herds are small but in late winter cow-calf herds are larger. Elk are most visible during the winter as they must spend more daylight hours foraging for food.
Moose Alces Alces
Moose© Parks Canada / EI9912310046
Description : Largest member of the deer family. Coat has a dark black appearance. Head is long with a bumped nose and a belling hanging from the throat in both sexes. Extremely long legs. Shoulders are high with a hump.
Habitat: Aspen forest, willow bog, other wooded areas, swamps, lakeshores near forest.
Habits : Moose are solitary browsers. At home in water, they sometimes dive 5.5 metres or more for plants on the lake bottom.
Fleeing: Pace or trot at 55 km/h. Do not often gallop.