All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

Elk were native in Tennessee until they were hunted to extinction in the 1800's. In 2001 the National Park Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reintroduced these magnificent animals back into the state. We saw Elk No.2 in the Cat...
Elk were native in Tennessee until they were hunted to extinction in the 1800's. In 2001 the National Park Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reintroduced these magnificent animals back into the state. We saw Elk No.2 in the Cataloochee Cove section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This fellow was one of the first group to be released. His ear tags and radio collar are easy to see in this photo. Unfortunately, he had been injured, so he was not moving around very much. We learned that he was to be treated by park biologists later that evening.

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