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Moose (Alces alces) and elk (Cervus elaphus) come into potential breeding contact in both northern North America and northern Eurasia. A probable moose-elk hybrid, a male with mixed features, was shot in Montana in 1931. A communication appearing in vol. 20 (p. 95) of Science News Letter, and dated August 8, 1931, reads as follows:
See also: California Fish and Game, 1931, vol. 17, p. 198 (Internet Citations: CALFG); Nature, 128, 676-677 (17 October 1931).
In addition, an intermediate animal of this type is known from fossils and has been described as a species, the stag-moose (Cervalces scotti), pictured at right. According to Wikipedia, it "was a large, moose-like deer of North America during the Pleistocene epoch. It is the only known North American member of the genus Cervalces. It was slightly
The Illinois State Museum website states that "The stag-moose or elk (scientific name Cervalces scotti) is
In 1911, sportsman Charles Hallock claimed to have seen a specimen which apparently consisted only of a rack of antlers attached to a frontal bone. From his comments, it is not entirely clear whether the rack was of ancient origin or a modern specimen, but given that he says that he saw it in a region of northwestern Minnesota (Kittson County) where elk and moose regularly come together, it was probably the latter. At any rate, he is quoted in The Pittsburgh Press - Jul 16, 1911, p. 5, as follows,
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