Elk are the largest members of the Deer Family on the Navajo Nation, often growing to 500 to 700 pounds. They are usually found wandering the forested areas especially within the Chuska Mountain, Defiance Plateau, Black Mesa and the adjacent canyons and pinon-juniper woodlands. Elk are herbivores that feed on native grasses and forbs, and are very fond of fresh aspen sprouts. Like Mule Deer, Elk leave the high-elevations in the fall as snows storms begin.Like the Mule Deer, Elk is respected and honored. Both are important sources of food, and one should pray before eating elk meat. Their skins are very valuable to possess, especially those that are 'unblemished' by an arrow.