Author: Phoebe Carnes

  1. Echoes in the Mountains: Facts and Curiosities of Elk Biology

    Echoes in the Mountains: Facts and Curiosities of Elk Biology Images by Phoebe Carnes The elk found in the Great Smoky Mountains today are Manitoban elk, or Cervus canadensis manitobensis—a subspecies of elk found in southern Canada, the Midwest, and some parts of the eastern US. Manitoban elk are larger in mass (weighing 500–1,000 pounds), though they possess smaller antlers, an adaptation Read more...
  2. Echoes in the Mountains: Elk Return to the Smokies

    Echoes in the Mountains: Elk Return to the Smokies Images by Phoebe Carnes I was around seven or eight when my dad first took me to Cataloochee Valley. My memory of that day is hazy, but I remember seeing a bull elk bugle for the first time and being awestruck. The sound shook me to my core and conjured up instinctual feelings of admiration and wonder. Growing up in the shadow of the Great Read more...

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