Male elk bugling during the fall rut. Large male elk are known as bulls. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males engage in competitive mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling and bugling, a loud series of screams which is intended to establishe dominance over other males and attract females., Cervus canadensis, Copyright Phillip Colla, image #19698, all rights reserved worldwide.
The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) (Alces alces) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose are found in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia and do not form herds. Their mating season in the autumn can lead to spectacular fights between males competing for a female. female moose with calf, baby