The high-pitched whistle of the rutting elk echoes through the forest. Also known as red deer or wapiti (white colored deer), the elk is the largest deer in North America. Elk were once found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, from Europe through northern Africa, Asia, and North America. A bull (male) elk’s antlers may reach 4 feet above its head, so that the animal towers 9 feet tall. Elk are social animals and live in herds, which are often quite large, with 200 or more members. The herd is often segregated by gender, with males staying in one group and females in another. Though segregated, herds are matriarchal, which means a single female runs each herd. A dominant male will have a herd of around six females and their yearlings. If you see an elk or it appears in a reading it means you are in a time of plenty, and that you can carry a project to completion. It also indicates a need to spend more time with individuals of your own gender.