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July 16, 2019

Grandfather Mountain Now Has Elk

Three new elk have arrived at Grandfather Mountain State Park’s environmental wildlife habitats.

The three male elk are officially named Doc, Merle and Watson, monikers that recognize world-famous bluegrass icons and High Country natives Doc and Merle Watson. Now about 4 months old, each elk is nearly twice the size of an adult white-tailed deer.

The elk came from a private elk farm in central North Carolina and seem to be adjusting well to their new environment. The plan had been to transition the elk from a small shifting paddock to the main habitat, but when the elk arrived they were so calm and relaxed that staff quickly put them into the main habitat.

Visitors can see the elk for free with park admission. Grandfather Mountain is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day  with weather-related delays and closures also a possibility.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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