First elk sighting in South Carolina since 1700s

Elk in SC

After almost 2 centuries, an elk has been spotted in SC. She said it was "likely pushed out of its territory in Haywood County, North Carolina, by bigger bulls".

"He's a younger elk I'd say he got kicked out of the herd in Cherokee and is wandering, looking for another herd and has gotten lost", Cassell said. "But our forefather shot them all out for clothing or food". The population around the Great Smoky Mountains is estimated at 150 elk, and there have been numerous unconfirmed sightings in the Upstate of SC in recent years.

Biologists expect it to eventually return to that herd in North Carolina after the young elk realizes there are no female elk to pair up with in SC.

Instead of approaching it, take a picture of the elk from a safe distance.

News outlets report that wildlife biologists are warning Upstate residents and tourists to stay away from a young bull elk that was seen in several places in Pickens County over the weekend.

While the elk has generated some excitement in South Carolina, Justin McVey, a wildlife biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said in a statement that approaching the 700-pound animal is not a good idea. "But they are still wild animals and can be very unsafe".

Scientists with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have confirmed at least four sightings since Friday when the bull was seen at Camp McCall.

An elk, the first seen in SC in centuries, gazes across a field in northern Pickens County. On Oct. 23, the animal was observed in Nine Times Community and at The Reserve at Lake Keowee golf course.

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