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Are moose and elk from the same family?

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In Europe the name elk refers to the same animal as the North American animal called a moose. Both of these are common names for the scientific name 'Alces alces'. In North America, however, the common names elk and moose are two different species. Moose, as explained above, are 'Alces alces', while elk are 'Cervus canadensis'. Another name for 'Cervus canadensis' is wapiti. Both 'Alces alces' and 'Cervus canadensis' belong to the 'cervidae' or deer family.

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