Check out this huge elk herd crossing a road in Ellensburg, Washington, earlier this month.
According to Huntered.com/Washington, there are two subspecies of elk in Washington, the Roosevelt elk and the Rocky Mountain elk. The Roosevelt elk is located in western Washington, while the Rocky Mountain elk is in eastern Washington.
The Rocky Mountain elk is slightly smaller and lighter colored than the Roosevelt elk. The most distinctive feature on both subspecies of elk is the rump patch, which is a pale white or cream color. Adult bull elk can weigh as much as 1,100 pounds, although the average weight is usually between 500-700 pounds.
Washington elk herds are found in 10 areas of the state. The two biggest herds are the Yakima (12,000 animals) and Mount St. Helens (11,000-13,000 animals). The Olympic (7,000-9,000 animals), Willapa Hills (7,000-9,000 animals), Colockum (5,600 animals), Blue Mountains (5,300 animals), North Rainier (1,500-2,500 animals), South Rainier (1,500-2,500 animals), Selkirk (1,000-2,000 animals), and North Cascades (1,250 animals) comprise the remaining populations.
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