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Elk were originally valued by the early settlers and Native Americans as food and for their fur, teeth, hides, and antlers. Today elk are economically valuable for tourism, hunting, and for their meat and other products. In the western United States elk are known to carry and contract chronic wasting disease, a condition similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease).
Rocky Mountains of United States and Canada
Grasslands and forest edge
Conservation measures ensure that elk not in danger
Grasses and leaves
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for elk.