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Posted By woodsman23,
Mar 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM
You bet there is and plenty of them.
Wow- I didn't know (I bet a lot of folks didn't). Elk ranged right through NY state before white folks arrived here and started building condos.
Got to help tackle an elk calf a few years ago to tag it, weigh it, blood sample, etc as part of a Pa Game Commission program for educators regarding the elk population.
They are impressive animals.
i understand there are some elk in virginia though ive never seen one here, i suspect they would be more up in the northwestern areas from where i am located
We go to Benezette, PA every couple years in the fall to see them and hear them bugling....it's awesome to be in a foggy mountain forest and hear those bulls bugle......
This little burg I live in is the "Elk Capitol" of Michigan.
I've seen two.
Well, that's not entirely true if you count the ones on the buck pole in town.
Saw a bunch of tracks around the eldest daughter's place down the road last winter.
Very cool pics.
Dave, you just need to head NW of your place to find the elk.
Funny story there, Dennis.
We were told about 4-5 years ago to head up 33 north a few miles to a well known Elk hangout.and we would see Elk. Guaranteed.
Not too far from where some friends live (I don't think we knew them at the time).
Didn't bother to fill the gas tank, since we'd be sure to see the things. Didn't see a one....after driving down roads that turned into 2 tracks, then turned into rutted trails that we barely got through.
Had a Jeep Commander at the time, so no problem there, but it really liked gas.
Needless to say, we had to leave before we ran out of fuel.
I forgot...there are some over in Gaylord on a preserve or something, so I have seen a few.
But only a couple in the wild.
Sent you an email Dave.
Maybe they should have built them like churches. They don't seem to mind them or the roads in the picture.
Attempts to repopulate them in Maine have been unsuccessful so far. They bring in a Hurd only to have them quickly die off.
I think you're thinking about the attempt to import some caribou.
You never know what lurks in the woods... A friend emailed me the other day,, lives about 1.5 miles from me.. He witnessed at around 11am a mountain lion crossing the road,,, he said it just about cleared the road in one leap across.. Well the day before I thought I was looking at wolf or big dog tracks in my woods where I take my dogs daily for their walks... I even pointed them out to my wife. Econ denied releasing them but eventually stated that some radio collared cats were released to control the coyote population... Numerous other people have seen the cats as well... One small horse was taken down some years back around here and dragged into the pond on the owners farm.. Encon later came back for the head to examine the bite marks. That's when they admitted about the cat release.. So now we figure we have the offspring running around here.. Prints were huge! Stood right out!
Odd fact - Wood Bison were also plentiful. They would migrate south in the winter and return to the natural prairies close to the Erie/NY border area.
The PA elk were reintroduced in the 1930s-I believe the last original PA elk was killed in the late 1800s. There are efforts to reintroduce them in various parts of the Appalachian mountains as well. I believe there's a relatively new herd in Kentucky?
We have deer here, like New York has pigeons. They're friggin' everywhere, munching away on the shrubs, blueberries, raspberries, laurels, etc. I can only imagine how many shrubs it would take to feed a pack of those monsters!
My brother had a low-speed collision with an elk in his Jeep Wrangler, driving in deep snow around Telluride, Colorado. Bent the bumper up pretty good, but he said the elk didn't even lose it's footing... just stumbled back a bit, looked at him, and then trotted off.
A wild elk was hit three or four different times by automobiles in and around the Cresson/Loretto, PA area several years back......it was eventually put down due to severe injuries. It was a big 6x6......beautiful animal, too. My one buddy had some great pictures of it in his backyard.....wish I had them to share....