The elk (or moose) is a peaceful creature that was hunted to extinction in the prehistoric age by human hunters who desired their corpses for the resources they provided, such as their antlers and fur coats. They are related to deer, but are actually much larger, and much more fearsome than their cousins owing to their larger form and their sturdy, thick antlers. Recent efforts have been made to introduce the elk back into the wildlife of the United Kingdom, particularly in Scotland. However, for now they only exist in national wildlife parks and zoos.
Submitted to "Extinct animals of the British Isles"