Species / International Ovis

Tule Elk

Cervus elaphus nannodes


They are found in open and semi-desert country, and only in California. They originally occurred in great numbers in the broad, open valleys of the coastal and central parts of the state, where tules were the characteristic native plants. They are now located in several small herds within the original range, and in transplanted populations outside its original range.


This subspecies is the smallest American elk. It is lighter in color, with small antlers that have arched beams and tines and tend to be palmate in larger specimens. Adult bulls average 550 pounds and cows around 400 pounds.

Super TenĀ®/Super SlamĀ®: Information found here contains excerpts from the on-line and printed version of Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals and is used by permission. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.

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