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South Carolina’s First Elk in 200 Years Relocated to the Mountains

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WYFF 4 News

South Carolina elk tranquilized and moved away from humans.

The first elk to enter South Carolina since before the birth of our nation just keeps ending up in the headlines.

The young bull has become quite the celebrity since it wandered over into the Palmetto State earlier this fall.

But two weeks ago authorities began expressing their concerns when photos and videos began popping up on social media showing people were getting way too close to the wild animal.

Apparently they eventually decided that enough was enough and authorities took action.

“We had been receiving 10 to 12 calls per day as to where the elk was at,” DNR biologist Richard Morton told the Post and Courier. “We decided to tranquilize and relocate it to the mountains for public safety as well as the elk’s safety.”

A nearby forest fire at Table Rock caused officials to move the bull to a slightly different area than where he was first seen.

It is suspected the bull just started wandering looking for cows after getting booted out of a larger herd in nearby North Carolina. Some are hopeful it’s the start of a resurgence of a game animal that was last seen in the state at the time of our founding fathers.

In any case, this bull has certainly proved popular. Our only question is this; why doesn’t he have a name yet?

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South Carolina’s First Elk in 200 Years Relocated to the Mountains