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The tule elk, which is also known as the California or dwarf elk, is the smallest elk in North America Tule elk are indigenous to California and once lived in large numbers in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. Protected populationas are now found in the Owens Valley and at Point Reyes National Seashore. Elk from these reserves have been successfully transplanted to establish a few free roaming herds in other areas of California.
Owens Valley and Tupman refuge
Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, near rivers and lakes. Diet: reeds, sagebrush, nettles
Almost wiped out by gold prospectors in the 1840s; now present in three reserves in California and are no longer considered endangered
Reeds, sagebrush, nettles.
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for elk.