Sweden - Deer2015
By Anastacia Sampson
Sweden - Deer
The following are types of deer found in Sweden, red deer, fallow deer, reindeer, moose/elk and roe deer/western roe deer. All deer are herbivores. In the country of Sweden, the biggest mammal is the moose, also known as the elk. It is more commonly referred to as a moose in North America and as an elk in Europe. The hairs of the moose are grey-black and the legs are grey-white. They have a panned or webbed bulk antler from which extend thorn like tips. A male elk can weigh about 700kgs.
Elks are found throughout Sweden and it is usual to view elks in the forests of Bergslagen (a dense forest in the central regions of the country). It is the nature of the elk to be extremely timid and shy. It may be best to approach an elk by crouching in the grass or on the ground and to slowly move and watch it. Try only moving forward slowly and quietly when the elk is grazing. It is when the elk looks up and becomes aware that something may be approaching, that you should crouch down and keep still. Observing an elk in this manner enables quite close viewing of this wild creature.
There are a number of co-ordinated safaris on Swedish elk in the country. These safaris are offered between the months of May to September. Elks tend to be solitary, while other types of deer tend to roam in herds.