The Elk is one of the largest species of deer in the
world, and is found in North America, Europe, and Asia.
The males grow antlers, which are shed and regrown annually.
They inhabit forests, grasslands, and tundra. They are
herbivores, feeding on grasses, shrubs, and other
vegetation. They are social animals, and form herds during
the non-breeding season. Mating occurs in the fall, calves
are born in the spring. The mother elk is highly
protective of the calves. In some areas Elk populations
are threatended by habitat loss or hunting.