He may be a smaller cousin to the Wapiti (or Elk, Cervus canadensis) but quite different he is. The genus Cervus does have a very broad range: from the UK eastwards, right through Asia and into North America. European Red Deer have also been introduced into New Zealand, Australia and South America. Red Deer have been introduced into North America on some farms but I am unaware if any viable feral populations have established themselves. They do readily hybridize with North American Elk to produce fertile offspring, as has happened with introduced populations of each species in New Zealand, I believe (?).
|European Red Deer|
|Rocky Mountain Elk / Wapiti|
|Elg (aka moose)|
The Albertan city of Red Deer earned its name though misnomer as well. Early Brits confused European Red Deer with Wapiti/Elk and named the settlement after the Cree name for the Red Deer River, Waskasoo Seepee – Wapiti River, I mean Elk River, now Red Deer River. Ok, I am shutting up now, I have to pick up a BBQ at CT :-)