For other uses, see Elk (disambiguation).

A cow elk, surrounded.

Main article: Elk

Cow Elk are the female members of an elk herd encountered in any elk territories. Their scent trail is magenta. They can easily be identified visually due to their lack of antlers.


When hunted, they are more noticeably more skittish than the male, choosing to flee even when provoked. They are extremely wary of the player, their mate and their pack, trotting around nervously or running away when approached.

They generally stay close to their herd, rarely venturing away from the bull elk unless chased far enough away.

When a cow has been drastically weakened, she will begin to fight back against her attacker until she has been killed. 


Approximately 6-8 female elk will spawn in every elk hunting grounds. When killed, another cow elk will spawn in the herd when the elk hunting grounds are revisited.[1]

Occasionally, the player will find a dead elk's carcass while exploring. It is not known how they died, but it can be assumed that they could have been old, weak or sick and died while traveling with their herd. This is pure speculation.


Main article: Elk (2.5)#Hunting


  • They are the only female prey animal in-game; all other prey animals are 100% male.


  1. Even if the player has not left the hunting grounds. However, if the player stays within range of the herd, a cow won't respawn until the player has moved out of range.

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