North American Elk is the largest species of wildlife on the ranch. Beautiful animals, the Elk is in the deer family and are grazers like cattle. They feed on grasses, plants, leaves and even bark. Male Elk (called bulls) have large antlers which are shed every year, and engage in dramatic ritualized mating behaviors during rut, including antler wrestling and bugling. The ranch acquired a small herd of Elk in 2003 which has now grown to over 60 animals. The Elk’s normally calm demeanor combined with its vocal bugling and extensive rut rituals make it a spectator favorite during the fall season.