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Old Oct 16, 2009, 5:10 PM   #1
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Native Elk disappeared in Tennessee in the mid-1800's
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) decided to reintroduce elk to the state in the late 1990’s.
I was lucky enough to get these shots. Note the radio collar and ear tags.

Taken with the K10 and 55-300mm


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Old Oct 16, 2009, 5:12 PM   #2
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Wow, good shots, I've certainly never see one in the wild.

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Nice pics, though it would have been nice if you could have kept the cars out of the background. Let's hope that before long, there will be a sizeable elk herd roaming all over the southern Appalachians.
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So, that's what they look like. When we were in Wyoming a few years ago my hubby kept telling me the creatures in the distance were elk, but they were too far away.

Nice job.

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Nice Elk pictures.

I remember when visiting glacier NP where they have the largest population of Grzzly bears in the lower 48 states, they said that the most dangerous animal in the park to visitors was the Elk. If they are feeding and think you are a threat to their food they will charge. They are unpredictable.

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Looks like an Elk to me. We have them in our province. Nice , sharp pix. I have a K10D and a 55-300 and it's a great wildlife combo.
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Great shots. They reintroduced the elk to the Ozarks a few years ago, but I've never taken the time to hunt them with my camera. The program has been such a success that they have created some significant problems for farmers in the area, and the population has grown so quickly that the state Game and Fish Commission has authorized limited hunts to try to keep the growth rate under control.

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There continues to be much debate here in TN about the Elk re-introduction. But it sure is wonderful to get to see these amazing creatures out in the wild again! Thanks for some great views!
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Thanks for the comments guys.
mtnman, I agree. but sometimes ya just gotta go with what ya can get.
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Great shots. They reintroduced the elk to the Ozarks a few years ago, but I've never taken the time to hunt them with my camera. The program has been such a success that they have created some significant problems for farmers in the area, and the population has grown so quickly that the state Game and Fish Commission has authorized limited hunts to try to keep the growth rate under control.

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Reintroduction of species is hard, because in many instances their natural predators , in this case, probably wolves are missing from the environment.

We have both...no reintroduction...just the maintained status. It seems to work well...there is a wax and a wane to both populations but nature seems to work well.

However reintroduction of a top of the food chain predator, like the wolf is very difficult in an area where they were extirpated many years ago. Generally people who haven't a history of living in the same area as a top line predator have a fear and deep misgivings of such a reintroduction.

So maybe herd culls through a limited hunting season is the only solution.
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