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#3130734 - 01/19/13 12:43 PM Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife..
Doskil
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managers and biologists.

Seems the elk are staying on the NC side of the park and not going into TN much at all.

http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/the-great-elk-debate/949448

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#3130760 - 01/19/13 01:24 PM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: Doskil]
Diehard Hunter
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Well, they were stocked on the North Carolina side of the park, and there is very little if any suitable habitat between where they were stocked and suitable habitat (Cade's Cove) on the Tennessee side. I wouldn't expect them to cross into Tennessee from Cataloochee.
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#3130827 - 01/19/13 02:42 PM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Doskil
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I would have expected them at some point to expand onto private farm lands in both TN and NC just like the wild boars have but it seems they have not expanded very much, which I guess is a good thing considering the crop damage they do.

I guess if the herd does get large enough some of them might find there way to Cades Cove.

They should have been released there to begin with. Lot better habitat than Cataloochee for wildlife.


Edited by Doskil (01/19/13 02:44 PM)

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#3132277 - 01/20/13 07:38 PM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: Doskil]
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Some of the elk have wandered as far as Douglas Lake in Jefferson Co. We moved a what was probably a 1 1/2 year old 6 point 2 years ago. Other reports have been documented in Cocke and Sevier counties.
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#3134286 - 01/22/13 10:42 AM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: Bigg'un4214]
Doskil
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A 6 point elk?
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#3136023 - 01/23/13 01:09 PM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: Doskil]
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Elk in Cades Cove would be a beautiful thing to see, but can you imagine the traffic jams then? It is bad enough now. But imagine the spectacle of about 300 elk during the rut.
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#3139225 - 01/25/13 04:14 PM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: Doskil]
Bigg'un4214
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Three on each side makes 6.
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#3140034 - 01/26/13 08:42 AM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: Bigg'un4214]
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I thought that made him a 3 by 3?
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#3140722 - 01/26/13 08:42 PM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: UPSman]
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 Originally Posted By: UPSman
I thought that made him a 3 by 3?


that's western count. we can count to 6 over here \:D
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#3140759 - 01/26/13 09:13 PM Re: Great Smokies causing headeaches for NC wildlife.. [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
 Originally Posted By: UPSman
I thought that made him a 3 by 3?


that's western count. we can count to 6 over here \:D
\:D \:D
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