American Elk
(Cervus elaphus)

Description & Identification

Elk are larger than white-tailed deer. They have a reddish hue to their fur, a buff rump patch, and small tails. Males have antlers, but the females typically do not.

Photo: Adele Hodde, IDNR
Male elk walking near the woods.


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Report a Sighting

If you have seen a free-ranging elk in Illinois, please report the sighting to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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