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In western areas elk are very mobile mostly in response to availability of suitable habitat which may be influenced by weather conditions.

In the eastern states that have elk, elk movements have been a lot less than that seen in western states.

Also, the elk brought into Tennessee will come from areas where health surveillance has been ongoing for several years with no history of significant disease.

All of these precautions will greatly minimize the risk of any diseases being introduced into the state.

May be seen commonly in following national parks: Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Olympic, Glacier, Rocky Mt., Banff, and Jasper; also other places where they have been introduced. How long has it been since elk roamed wild in the state of Tennessee?

Young Born May-June; normally 1, rarely 2; gestation period about 8 1/2 months. There have been numerous attempts to reestablish them, some successful, others not.

The subspecies of elk that once roamed in Tennessee (Cervus elaphus canadensis) are extinct but a closely related subspecies of elk (Cervus elaphus manitobensis) were released into Tennessee in December of 2000.

Will elk be considered for release in other areas of the state? Similar species Moose has a large overhanging snout and brown rump. Reasons for the extinction of elk in Tennessee and elsewhere in the eastern U. are over-exploitation by man, private ownership of land and habitat destruction. There is no one specific reason that accounts for the demise of elk in Tennessee. The EINP elk herd is closely monitored for potential health problems and is considered one of the best sources of wild disease free elk.

The initial elk released came from Elk Island National Park (EINP) in Alberta, Canada.

Why remove elk that wander out of the restoration zone?