February 8, 2023

Elk Herd Continues Growth at Great Smokey Mountains National Park

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Ten new elk calves have been born this spring to the herd in North Carolina’s Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The latest being born on the Fourth of July.

Elk were introduced into the park back in 2001 and 2002. The mortality rate has run high on the calves from the black bears living there. So far this year, only two calves have been killed by bears – a good survival rate.

Officials now say the total number of elk living in the park is around 55. They hope to bring in a few more female elk to boost birth rates.

Tom Remington