Elk to prosper this year in Smokies

Elk to prosper this year in Smokies

By: AP

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Officials are expecting a baby boom among elk in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park this year after several years of trying to revive the population. The herd measures about 75 to 85 animals and many of the younger females reached breeding age last fall and are due to have their first calves this spring. Biologists predict as many as 25 calves could be born this season — a record for the park. The elk restoration program began in 2001 with the release of 25 animals and was followed by additional releases. University of Tennessee researchers collar and track the animals. Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com Published in The Messenger 6.4.08

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