Little Elk Calf - (Great Smoky Mountains NP)

Elk Reintroduction in the Smokies


This little male elk calf is a member of an elk  population making a comeback. As a result of over-hunting and habitat loss, this native species was nearing extinction throughout the Appalachian mountains and eastern United States. By 1900’s it was feared that the elk was nearing extinction throughout all of North America. In an effort to return this native species to the ecosystem, 25 elk were reintroduced to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2001 with another 27 added in 2002 . The elk reintroduction is succeeding. In 2012 their population had increased to 140.

Photo Title: Little Elk Calf – (Great Smoky Mountains NP)
Photograph and text: Copyright Deborah Siminski Tappan. All rights reserved.