Elk, one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia, can run at a maximum speed of about 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour). Typically, elk feed on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Males also shed their antlers each year, and they often partake in antler wrestling, or sparring, with other active males.
Elk are one of the fastest mammals on land. This large species of deer protect themselves primarily by running. They run at 25 mph, but can do 45 mph sprints when threatened. Besides running, elk are good swimmers. They can also jump 6 feet high.
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