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Elk in the Park

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Offline Casa Grande

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Elk in the Park
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:54:23 AM »
Saw two giant,  beautiful elks at about the 10 mile mark on 385 in the park yesterday.  Never seen that before!

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Offline Don H

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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 09:46:11 AM »
Awesome pics David!  Trying to wrap my head around where the 10 mile mark is, S of Persimmon Gap I presume?
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 09:53:08 AM »
Given the number up between Ft Stockton and Marathon, this was inevitable.

It seems they are thriving.
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 10:20:59 AM »
Given the number up between Ft Stockton and Marathon, this was inevitable.

It seems they are thriving.

Cool photos!

I believe Maravillas Ranch and Chalk Draw Ranch both have elk hunting

I'm guessing you were south of the Rosillios Ranch Road?
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 11:24:49 AM »
Very cool. Thanks for sharing that

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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 12:13:06 PM »
Thank you for sharing.  :great:  One of the rangers told me about elk just south persimmon gap several years ago but I have never seen one. How far away were they? Did you photograph them through a spotting scope? 
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 02:07:15 PM »
Are elk as hardy as the "illegal alien" sheep that have come to be so prevalent? 

Are aoudad sheep a proper paradigm for anticipating increasing elk populations in the Bend?
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 04:06:40 PM »
That's fabulous!  I hope to spot some one day when I am in the park.
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 04:15:42 PM »
It was 10 miles north of Panther Junction. Yes,  just south of the Rosillos Ranch road.  They were probably 40 or 50 yards from the road.   They were huge!

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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 04:25:58 PM »
Everything you ever wanted to know about elk in Texas

http://circleranchtx.com/are-elk-native-to-texas-yes/

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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 08:09:30 PM »
Interesting read, Jim.  Thanks for finding that.

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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2018, 08:29:21 PM »
Interesting read, Jim.  Thanks for finding that.

Yeah....no kidding. Highly informative. Thanks
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2018, 10:20:58 PM »
Reading the article, my assumptions have been shattered.  So elk can naturally tolerate lower-elevation Texas heat. 
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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 12:23:08 AM »
Very cool

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Re: Elk in the Park
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 08:28:56 AM »
Excellent...I saw elk droppings out near black peaks a while back ago and so did Stingrey just a few months ago in the same area

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