ELK, WAPITI (Cervus elaphus)
There are 23 subspecies of elk (or Red deer), many of which are European or Asiatic in their distribution. The North American form, with which we are concerned, has six subspecies that range in size from the dwarfed elk of San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California, the Tule elk, to the giants of the northwest, the Roosevelt elk. The elk at the Olympic Game Farm are of the latter subspecies, the Roosevelt elk.
The North American elk is a huge animal that may top the scales at 1,800 pounds, but in it’s smaller forms may weigh as little as 500 pounds.