Park seeks comment on managing elk herd

Park seeks comment on managing elk herd

Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 3:02 pm

GATLINBURG (AP) — The elk herd in the Smokies is doing well and biologists want to relax their management practices.
Officials of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park seek public comment on moving from an experiment to a long-term management strategy. Comments will be taken until Sept . 27 and information is online.
Smokies wildlife biologist Kim Delozier says 52 elk were released in the Cataloochee Valley in 2001 and there are now about 135 of the animals, including 25 new calves this year.
Parks spokesman Bob Miller says the plan the park prefers would require less intensive monitoring of elk and would mean state and tribal wildlife agencies would handle issues with the animals outside the 500,000-acre park.
Online: Great Smoky Mountains National Park: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grsm.

Published in The Messenger 9.3.10

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