What do elk and deer eat in the winter?

Image from: Idaho Nature Notes, http://idahonaturenotes.blogspot.com/2012/01/backyard-deer.html

Image from: Idaho Nature Notes, http://idahonaturenotes.blogspot.com/2012/01/backyard-deer.html

This was a very good question brought up by a reader of the prior post. As it turns out, deer and elk move between summer and winter ranges. The winter range is at a lower elevation where there are more resources such as shrubs and grasses. Since they eat similar foods, they often compete for resources during the winter when they are more scarce. Since elk are larger and more aggressive, they often win these competitions. According to an article from the University of Idaho, elk are also more tolerant of the cold, can traverse through deeper snow, and use less energy than deer.

Source:
University of Idaho

Comments

  1. #1 Christine vercellino
    United States
    April 10, 2016

    So incredibly beautiful and magnificent. I long for a world where they and others like them are gazed upon with wondering eyes versus hunted and villified. “A nation is judged by how its animals as re treated”. Mahatma Gandhi