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September 7, 2013

Pennsylvania’s elk effort turns 100

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Year after year, Labor Day weekend kicks off a period of increased activity on Pennsylvania’s elk range.

As elk begin ramping up their routines ahead of peak bugling season, visitors flock in greater numbers to areas where they can see the wild spectacle unfold.

In a typical year, an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 people visit Elk County alone between Labor Day and Halloween.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of efforts to restore elk to Pennsylvania, and in commemoration of that landmark anniversary, special events are planned each weekend through Columbus Day at sites on the elk range.

“If you’ve ever made a trip to the elk range in autumn and been a part of those enormous crowds, it’s hard to imagine you could add more excitement to the mix,” said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G.  Roe.

There will be several tours of state game lands aimed at seeing or hearing elk bugle.

Some tours are by vehicle, while others are by bicycle and go farther off the beaten path. There’s also an elk-viewing hike set for Sept. 21.

For a full schedule of events, visit the homepage of the commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on the button labeled “100th Anniversary PA Elk Restoration.”

 

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