Jenny Siberian Husky makes friends with a wild elk that was sitting in the back of property in Loveland, Colorado
With more than 23 million acres of public land, Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise Common across North America hundreds of years ago, wild populations of elk are now concentrated in the western, mountainous portions of the continent.
Elk are also called wapiti, a Native American word that means “light-colored deer.” Elk are related to deer but are much larger than most of their relatives. A bull (male) elk’s antlers may reach 4 feet (1.2 meters) above its head, so that the animal towers 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall.
Bull elk lose their antlers each March, but they begin to grow them back in May in preparation for the late-summer breeding season.