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Species Code: CEEL
Elk are widespread in Washington and found in a variety of habitats such as shrub steppe, bunchgrass, shrub plant communities, open meadows near open or closed canopy forests. They get into sub-alpine areas in summer. Also found in remote eastern Washington canyons with grass or shrubs. Their presence is related to human density and declines with road density and hunting pressure.
Core areas include all zones within its range although they are less common north of Interstate 90 on the west side of the Cascades. Winter and summer use differs. All habitats were good except development, agriculture and bare ground. Elk are large, mobile animals that wander long distances into areas where they are unlikely to have a breeding population. An example would be their periodic appearance in the northeast Cascades.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Mammal Volume by Dave Lester
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