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post #1 of 22 Old 10-08-2019, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Beware of 700-Pound Elk on the Blue Ridge Parkway

An animal that was extinct in the North Carolina mountains for more than 200 years has reemerged as a potential threat to drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Big, angry elk!!!!!

https://www.wbtv.com/2019/10/07/bewa...rs-park-warns/
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Just when you thought it was safe...the bleeding hearts bring back the things that can kill you. How about some wolves and bears to control the Elk population?
It's not like there is much real useful purpose for them other than to look majestic blocking the roadway.
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Did you watch the video of a herd waltzing through town???

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/ne...228580834.html

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It's not like there is much real useful purpose for them other than to look majestic blocking the roadway.

but, they are delicious.

We have elk, bear and cougar to contend with here, and of course, the woods are crawling with deer.
I've had cougar on my garden shed roof, I often carry in the yard at night when I take the dog out before bedtime. My little 60 pound Staffy wouldn't have enough sense to leave that cat alone.

Oh, and, they've brought wolves back into Oregon too. It's a jungle out there.
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So, species conservation is now a "bleeding heart" cause? I'm guessing a lot of hunters, who have a real concern for species conservation and management, would absolutely disagree with that label.
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He's just being funny in his own way.

People that have never seen an elk up close may not understand how big they are. Think horse. Big horse with spears on his head. To be avoiding during the rut or in close quarters.
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Elk are quite docile and a favorite for poachers in this area. They also had to be reintroduced and protected on Southern Vancouver Island after a lengthy absence. They are huge in comparison to the deer around here.
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Some elk are docile. Some moose are docile.

Call me a sissy, but I'm not petting a wild either one of them.
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There are few pucker moments more intense than being in a traffic jam in Yellowstone while a bull bison wanders the road about 2' from your knee. I would not want to be on a "loud pipe" Harley.


What shocked me about bison is how fast and agile they are. One minute rolling in the dust and the next up on their feet in an instant.

Been fairly close to lots of Elk down near Renovo.
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Some elk are docile. Some moose are docile.

Call me a sissy, but I'm not petting a wild either one of them.
Nor am I, however poachers have little problem taking them down because they do not spook easily.
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