Roosevelt or Olympic Elk

The Roosevelt Elk (Cervus Canademsosi), also known as the Olympic Elk is the largest of the four surviving subspecies of elk in North America.  They live in the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest and were introduced to Kodiak, Alaska’s Afognak and Raspberry Islands in 1928.

The desire to protect the elk was one of the primary forces behind the establishment of  the Mount Olympus National Monument, later named Olympic National Park, in 1090.

Adult elk grow to around 6-10 ft. in length and stand 2.5-5 feet tall at the shoulder.  Elk bulls generally weight between 700-1000 lbs. while cows weigh 575-625 lbs.

From late spring to early fall, Roosevelt Elk feed on herbaceous plants, bush as grasses and sedges.  During winter months, they feed on woody plants, including high-brush cranberry, elderberry, devils blub and newly planted seedlings (Douglas-fir and Western Red Cedar).  They are also know to eat blueberries, mushrooms, lichens, and salmon berries.

In the wild, Roosevelt elk rarely live beyond 12-15 years, but in captivity they have been known to live over 25 years.

Sequim, WA has it’s own head of Roosevbelt which can b e spotted year-round.