Tag: Elk

  1. Don’t Miss the Beauty for Your Expectations

    Don’t Miss the Beauty for Your Expectations Have you ever noticed that expectations can potentially put a damper on a perfectly good day? That was the thought bumping around my brain after driving into Cataloochee Valley, one of the more remote sections of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Between friends and online searches, it sounded as if it was best to be there at dawn to see Read more...
  2. Trailside Talk: Look! A Salamander!

    Trailside Talk: Look! A Salamander! Many of the millions of visitors who cross into Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year arrive with anticipation of seeing wild animals. And when they see them, folks sometimes get so excited they can’t fully control their enthusiasm—especially when the animals are bears. Camera phones are whipped out of pockets. Children& Read more...
  3. Put safety first as the park’s elk herd enters its 20th rut season

    Put safety first as the park’s elk herd enters its 20th rut season It’s that time of year again. The elk are rutting in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From September to early November, the fall breeding season, hormones kick in, and elk go into overdrive. Bulls’ antlers reach maturity, and their ethereal bugling calls can be heard resounding through fields and forests within the park and Read more...
  4. Wildlife Biologist Helps Elk Return to Appalachia

    Wildlife Biologist Helps Elk Return to Appalachia By Aaron Searcy, Publications Associate In the not-so-distant past, red wolves and bison roamed the Great Smoky Mountains, passenger pigeons flew en masse overhead, and Carolina parakeets chattered in the welcoming branches of American chestnut trees. Today, every one of those species has disappeared from the Southern Appalachian landscape & Read more...
  5. National Park Week: Transformation Tuesday

    National Park Week: Transformation Tuesday By Sarah Shiver When you think about the transformations Great Smoky Mountains National Park has undergone, what comes to mind? Chances are you imagine the park’s creation—how it has changed from an area once populated by various communities to a swath of protected land that has largely been reclaimed by nature. But the park’ Read more...
  6. Image for the Asking: Now You See Me; Now You Don’t

    Image for the Asking: Now You See Me; Now You Don’t Story and Image by Don McGowan  I will always consider one of the singular highlights of my career to have been the opportunity to be a very small part of the elk reintroduction to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I took pictures. The great bulk of the credit for the work to reintroduce these magnificent creatures lies in the dream and Read more...

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