After a 150 year absence, Elk once again roam The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

cataloochee ValleyElkThe Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation embarked on a very high profile project to reintroduce elk to the Cataloochee Valley area of The great Smoky Mountains National Park over 10 years ago. After years of studies, the first elk were transported to the park in February of 2000. In April of 2000 they were released into the wild. The elk have florished and after this years calfs are born the population should between 55 to 65 animals.

For more information on the elk or to see what you can do to help visit The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on-line at