Another great read below, from the folks over at Knoxnews.com. This time, they talked to volunteers who are there to help you learn more about the beautiful Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The majority of Elk can be see in the Cataloochee Valley area. That’s where many of the volunteers work, answering questions, giving information and advice on the Elk who are flurishing in the Smokies. Personally, I’ve never been to Cataloochee (something I’m not proud of :). That is definately high on my to-do list for the Smokies, but as many times as I’ve been to the Smokies, I’ve yet to visit Cataloochee. It is a more remote area of the park for most visitors. That’s one reason when the Elk were reintroduced, they were reintroduced to the Cataloochee area. On a recent trip, back in March, we DID see Elk outside of Cherokee in the park. They are magnificant. I highly recommend looking for them when you’re in the area. Ask where to find them at the visitor centers. They may be able to point you in the right direction. Once you get there, one of the many volunteers in the “Bugle Corps” may be able to point out things about the Elk you never would have known. When I retire, I can see myself moving to the Smokies, and volunteering to do something similar, so I suppose that’s part of why this particular article hit home for me. Enjoy!
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You know, why can’t people just limit their hunting to the more than 3.5 million square miles in the U.S. that are NOT in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? I suppose for those with bad hunting skills, the urge to kill an Elk that has no fear of humans is just too much.
TRUST ME, I believe in the right to own a gun. I believe in all of the rights of the Constitution. If it weren’t for citizens having guns, we wouldn’t have the other freedoms we have in this country.
But check out the article below… a man suspected of killing one of the biggest Elks in the Smoky Mountains… It’s really a pity.
That Elk would probably have helped increase the herd a number of times throughout the rest of his life.
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It looks like the Elk in the Smokies are doing quite well. Out of 19 babies, 16 survived this year. The herd is now at 110 total. See the AP story below for more…
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Nineteen elk calves were born this year in the Great Park officials said it’s been one of the best years yet for increasing the herd. There are now about 110 elk in the park, divided about evenly among males and females. Additionally, officials said the bulls this year have impressive antlers, which may mean that there is good forage available for the elk.
Sorry I haven’t posted many updates the last few days. I’m actually NOT working right now. I took the week off. My wife is also off this week, and we have been doing a “staycation” here in Charleston. You can read more at what we’ve been up to this week my “work” blog at http://www.counton2extras.com/index.php/owensBlog . We decided to cancel the quick trip to Charlotte to visit Carowinds. We’ll do that later this summer.
Anyhow, I saw this story, and I thought you guys would like to check it out. Looks like 7 new baby elk are living life in the Smokies. They are the newborns. Additional babies are expected soon. The herd could soon hit 100! I’ve STILL never been to Cataloochee to see them myself. Will do soon:) I added a video of Elk in the Smokies as a bonus:) Click the link below for more!
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Thanks to the folks over at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine (www.blueridgeoutdoors.com) for putting this video on their site…