Yep, it's Red Deer. Not only are they very photogenic they also taste nice.
Iíve heard that elk meat is enjoyable. Never tried it. I wasnít raised by a family that hunted, nor do I know anyone who does, so I have no experience in eating elk, or any other game meat.
Justan I don't think you get Elk in the UK unless they are in a zoo or some kind of similar enclosure. If some had escaped then they would probably be shot to stop inbreeding.
Iíll take your word on that. But I donít know that elk and deer would mate. As far as I know they donít around here anyway. They do inhabit the same overall areas, but there are no signs of deelk or eleer or any other combinations of the two. I don't know if it is theoretically possible, but kind of doubt it.
What is very interesting to me is that the overall look of the red deer is remarkably similar to that of Roosevelt Elk, except for the part where they are about 1/3 the weight.
The deer around this area are not only much smaller than those shown above but they have waaay finer features. The red deer (above) appear to be miniature versions of elk and I would not have discerned ďminiatureĒ had I not looked at the link I provided above.