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What Arizona Elk Like to Eat for Dinner

What Elk Like to Eat

If you can locate areas that hold an elk's favorite food, then just pull up a chair and wait. They'll be there. Elk are grazers. They eat 1/3rd of the amount of food that cattle will eat, but that's still a lot of food. The area they favor will be green, wet, and safe. It is common for solitary bulls to work a relatively small area where small openings provide plenty of forage near ponds and small seeps. Creeks and willows are also very popular areas. Get away from roads and people. Get a good topographic map that shows springs and creeks. Elk are large animals and need water everyday. If you are lucky enough to chase elk on private property or observe them in a Federal or State park then the rules change a little but their diet remains the same.

Elk will eat aspen bark, aspen leaves and all the grass around the Willows near creeks. Under Aspens and Willows many times you'll notice all the grass from the area has been nibbled down to almost nothing.

Grasses are one of the most favorite foods elk will eat. There are over 20 types of grasses that grow wild in Arizona. Elk have a four-chambered stomach. That allows them to eat just about anything they see and re-chew it later. Think of it as a buffet. If you could you'd eat a little bit of everything you would, and taste it later. You'd just stuff yourself full then recline in your favorite chair and nap or watch TV.

Elk eat like the world is their buffet. They eat all they can then they go lie down and re-chew their food into smaller pieces. Since they re-chew their food they can eat things like aspen bark, willow stems and pine needles. The nutritional value depends on the plant. Elk also eat service berries (a red berry that ripens in the fall) and the tops of elk thistle (a round, tan, dry, spiked bulb that was once purple in the spring).

Menu of an Elk's Favorite Things to Eat:
  1. Elk like to eat Elkweed (plant)
    Elk like to Eat Elkweed Plant
  2. Elk like to eat New Growth Pine Needles
    Elk like to Eat New Growth Pine Needles
  3. Elk like to eat Rough Fescues (grass)
    Elk like to eat Rough Fescues(grass)
  4. Elk like to Timothy (grass)
    Elk like to Timothy (grass)
  5. Elk like to eat Needle and thread (grass)
    Elk like to eat Needle and thread (grass)
  6. Elk like to eat Bluegrass
    Elk like to eat Bluegrass
  7. Elk like to eat Elk Sedge
    Elk like to eat Elk Sedge
  8. Elk like to eat Sweet Clover (flowering plant)
    Elk like to eat Sweet Clover
  9. Elk like to eat Beargrass
    Elk like to eat Beargrass
  10. Elk like to eat Lupine
    Elk like to eat Lupine
  11. Elk like to eat Utah Sweetvetch
    Elk like to eat Utah Sweetvetch
  12. Elk like to eat Arrowleaf Groundsel
    Elk like to eat Arrowleaf Groundsel
  13. Elk like to eat Aspen Leaves and Bark
    Elk like to eat Aspen Leaves and Bark
  14. Elk like to eat Serviceberry
    Elk like to eat Serviceberry
  15. Elk like to eat Chokecherry
    Elk like to eat Chokecherry
  16. Elk like to eat Bitterbrush
    Elk like to eat Bitterbrush
  17. Elk like to Willow Trees and the Grass Growing Underneath Them
    Elk like to Willow Trees and the Grass Growing Underneath Them
  18. Elk like to eat Sagebrush
    Elk like to eat Sagebrush
  19. Elk like to eat Mountain Mahogany
    Elk like to eat Mountain Mahogany
  20. Elk like to eat Aquatic plants such as the center of cattail stems
    Elk like to eat Aquatic plants such as the center of cattail stems
  21. Elk like to eat Elk Thistle
    (Elk just eat the round top of the plant when it dries up in the fall)
    Elk like to eat Elk Thistle (Elk just eat the round top of 
  the plant when it dries up in the fall)

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