Pennsylvania Celebrates Century of Elk August 29, 2013

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Pennsylvania Celebrates Century of Elk August 29, 2013 PGC News
     As elk begin ramping up their routines ahead of peak bugling season, visitors flock in greater numbers to areas where they can see the wild spectacle unfold.
In a typical year, an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 people visit Elk County alone during the two-month span between Labor Day and Halloween.... The corral trap used in the Game Commission’s initiative to capture elk and expand the overall range of the herd will be on display ... the herd now containing more than 850 animals living in parts of five north central Pennsylvania counties ... Historically, elk inhabited much of Pennsylvania. But as more of the state was settled, the elk population declined.  By the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s elk were eliminated from their last stronghold in areas around Elk County.... Between 1913 and 1926, the Game Commission released 177 elk into Pennsylvania’s wilds. And the elk that live here today are the progeny of those animals.
A three-year trap-and-transfer program launched by the Game Commission in 1998 expanded the elk’s range from 350 to 800 square miles, allowing the herd to grow. 


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