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Who knew? The restoration of Elk to Kentucky has been a huge success. (Thanks, reader.) Now they need their hunting season, since the predators haven't found them yet. No Cougars or wolves seen in KY lately, alas. Wildcats, yes! A wonderful state, but too far from salt water for me.
There used to be forest-dwelling buffalo ("Bison" for purists) throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, too. How about trying a restoration of them? I do know that they bust through fences...
It is not likely you will ever get an easy shot on a bull elk. In my 50 years of hunting I would say that elk are the toughest hunt in North America. They are ghosts in the bush. You will see the cows in the open like that but not anything older than a yearling spike bull. By the way its nice to see they are doing good. I was surprised to read the bit about them being 15% bigger than the ones here in the west. Must be the easier winters that cause it.
Elusive is an understatement when hunting for bull elk with the exception of the ones that have figured out where to be safe in protected areas - see town of Gardner, MT during the hunting season. There are ususally a few bulls hunkering down in the city park knowing they won't be shot.
I say the more elk in N. America the better. Good job Kentucky.
That picture, I could swear, was taken in Yellowstone, probably on the Madison River.
I see the downed and blackened timber on the hillside that was left after the '88 fire, and the new growth of Lodgepole Pine at the base of the ridge. I see Elk Thistle and Spotted Knapweed in the foreground.
Not saying there aren't elk in Ky, but that ain't KY.
Good grief, we are getting overrun with whitetail deer, as much as I would like to hunt them I don't think another corn eating animal on the loose is a good idea. Plus, ask anyone who has experienced a car/deer collision how they feel about something roughly twice the size roaming the roads.
The pic is from the Ky web page at the link.
Not all are/were thrilled about the Elk stocking
Interestingly, according to the article at the link above, Pa did a similiar stocking in 1917 with some decendents surviving. Va did also, but without permanent results.
In the backdrop, the trees are likely part of a forestry/timber operation and just behind them you will see a reclaimed highwall from a surface mining operation. Many of the mining companies are creating a natural habitat these days from fishing lakes (if safe) to wildlife refuge type properties. A gal from my hometown here in KY took one of these by permit last year.
Richard is right about that one. One my neighbors has kin down in Knox County and while down that way visiting he hit an elk with his pickup. He says he was only going about 35 mph when he hit it but it damaged the front end so bad the insurance company totalled it.
The elk are starting to become a nuisance in that part of the Commonwealth.
Big Bob from Eastern KY
I do know that they bust through fences...
Yeah. I thought so too. But a neighbor has been quietly raising a herd that has increased to 60 or 70 bison, and in 15 years not a single bison has escaped the fence. A plain, 5-wire fence, suitable for cattle.
They could if they wanted to, you understand, but given forage, water, and trees to shade them they seem perfectly happy to stay put.