ELK

January 21, 2003

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A GLOSSARY ABOUT ELK
ADAPTATION
characteristics of animals or plants that help them survive in the habitat in which they live
ANTLERS fast-growing bone that is shed each year; grown by male members of the deer family and also by female caribou

BUGLE

bellowing sound made by bull elk during the rut

BULL

a male elk

CALF

a young elk
COW
a female elk

CUD

the food that an ungulate regurgitates or brings back up to its mouth to chew again
ECOLOGY study of interrelationships between living organisms and their environment
FORAGE vegetation eaten by herbivores

FORBS

low-growing, soft-stemmed plants

GESTATION

the time it takes a calf to develope from mating to the birth

GRAZE

to eat grasses
HAREM group of elk during rut, usually consisting of cows, calves, and one mature bull
HERBIVORE animal that eats plants
HERD a group of animals that stay close together
MIGRATION the seasonal movement of an animal

POACHER

someone who kills animals illegally or steals resources such as antlers
PREDATOR animal that killsand eats oither animals
PREY animals that are killed and eaten by other animals
RESOURCE portion of an environment available for use by an organism
RUMINANT ungulate having a multi-chambered stomach that digests plant fibers
RUT mating season for elk
UNGULATE mammal with hooves
VELVET soft skin that covers antlers as they grow
WAPITI Shawnee name for elk, meaning "white rump"Elk in winter
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT application of scientific knowledge and technical skills to protect, preserve, conserve, limit, enhance, or extend the value of wildlife and its habitat
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