Washington offers two species of Elk in the region that can be hunted for harvest. Roosevelt Elk Roosevelt elk, named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, occur in the Coast Range, the Olympic Range, and other areas west of Interstate 5. Olympic National Park in northwest Washington holds the largest number of Roosevelt elk living anywhere (about 5,000). True Roosevelt elk occur in the Olympic Mountains region.
Rocky Mountain elk occur primarily in the mountain ranges and shrublands east of the Cascades Crest. Small herds have been established, or reestablished, throughout other parts of western Washington. Rocky Mountain elk populations currently in Washington stem from elk transplanted from Yellowstone National
Park in the early 1900s.