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Contrary to the initial comments and given this discussion applies to the International Park Initiative. Elks have inhabited Mexico for the past 20,000 years, according to the evidence depicted in petroglyph's on different granite walls of, in this case in the Sierra del Burro Range,Sierra Madre Valle Colombia, Sierra Maderas del Carmen. This is pertaining to the State of Coahuila (Mexico) alone.
Well, that was my assumption (that elk were endemic) but that link I found indicated otherwise. However, curiously, it was the only such reference that popped up on a search. So, despite the fact the article says it was 'peer reviewed', that perhaps does not equal accuracy nor mean competence. I'm happy to revert to my original position.
Hell of a bibliography, so you are claiming that there are Elk in Mexico, today, being reintroduced/breeded by CEMEX? Is that correct?Let me add I hope it's true. Certainly they were there once. qs
Merrimans Elk were native to the mountain regions of Texas and I would bet a hundred bucks they were native to the Mexican mountains as well. My understanding is they were hunted to extinction, the fact that CEMEX is breeding and reintroducing them does my heart good. I have heard them in the Guadalupes and have heard of them around Ft Davis, so it's not too big of a reach to think they might be moving into other areas. Thanks for the replies, it is what I had assumed.
In my opinion science lends to little credence on oral history and seems to want hard proof of things which cant be proven Just because we look across the southwest and proclaim it el desplobado science shouldnt assume it was always that way.
Homero, thank you for the reference on the book. I will try to find a way to score a copy. (kinda pricey)
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