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Lycksele Djurpark

Elk /European English/, Moose /American English

(Alces alces)  The elk is the biggest terrestrial mammal in our country. It is spread all over the country except for Gotland. In the last 20-30 years the elk population has increased very strongly, and today we have a population of 300 000 animals. There are many reasons for this increase, but the shooting regulations and larger amounts of feed due to new forestry  methods (clear-felling) are the major ones. The bull has its largest antlers at the age of 7-10 years. Then they gradually become smaller. There are two types of antlers: palmate and cervine.

Order:Even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla)
Family:Deer (Cervidae)
Weight:Males (bulls): 320-450 kilos (in extreme cases up to 800 kilos)
Females (cows): 275-375 kilos
Life spanUp to 25 years
Mating period:September-October
Gestation period:About 8 months
Calves:Are born in May-June and weigh 8-15 kilos at birth. In most cases 1 or 2 calves, being suckled for 7-8 months.