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What Do Elk Eat In the Winter?

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Elk are beautiful large animals that roam freely throughout the United States in mountainous regions and wild plains. Like their cousins, white-tailed deer, elk spend the majority of their days in the winter searching for food. 

In the summertime, elk eat trees and other plant-based foods on farms and gardens; but in the wintertime, natural resources become scarce; so, they tend to eat grasses covered in snow. If elk do find vegetables to eat from organic gardens, they will jump on them quickly. Gardeners: beware.

To protect gardens from elk damage throughout the year, home growers can install elk fencing, the toughest type of plastic fence on the market with a 1400 pound breaking strength. Without fencing, there's no stopping elk from garden damage.