Cervus elaphus (Elk or Wapiti)
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Habitat: Grasslands interspersed with forests, woodlands, and small mountain complexes.

Habits: The diet consists of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Elk are, in general, gregarious except for the mature bulls, which are solitary in spring and summer. Elk can see and hear well, but probably depend on smell to warn them of danger. The bulls “bugle” to establish their territories. Elk probably were extinct in Oklahoma by the late 1800s. They were reintroduced to western Oklahoma in the early 1900s. They are maintained at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

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