Winter Elk

Elk or Wapiti are one of the largest species of the deer family in the world. Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. They are ruminants and therefore have four-chambered stomachs. During a Yellowstone winter you can find them browsing on willows and aspens. As winter brings deep snow, burying nutritional plants, animals migrate to meadows and forest areas where accessing food is much easier.