Elk are classified as Secure in the General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
See details in the Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations. To view the guide online or to order a printed copy, visit
the My Wild Alberta website at:
Why are elk called elk?
The name "elk" originated with early European settlers in the United States, who confused it with the European elk, which
is a close relative of our moose. North American elk are more closely related to the European red deer. Elk are often called
"wapiti," the Shawnee word for "white rump." This description refers to the prominent, cream-colored rump patch.
Updated: Dec 11, 2009