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Elk spotted in Mid-Michigan

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Mature MI elk (Source: DNR) Mature MI elk (Source: DNR)

It’s not something you see every day in Mid-Michigan, but a wild bull elk has made the area its home.

“We first started receiving reports of a bull elk in Ogemaw County, and then Gladwin County and most recently near Beal City and the Herrick area in Isabella County,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources elk specialist Chad Stewart. “We were able to confirm the locations and also that it does appear to be a wild elk.”

Michigan’s wild elk population, which numbers at approximately 1,300 animals, is usually found in the northeast Lower Peninsula, the vast majority is in the Pigeon River Country State Forest area east of Vanderbilt.

Elk have a diet of grass, twigs and in the fall, acorns and apples.

This particular elk is expected to head back north.

“Typically, a stray wild animal like this will make his way back to where the rest of the herd is found, and actually where the females are,” said Stewart. “It may take several weeks to months for this to happen, so we appreciate any information on this elk and its whereabouts.”

If your trail camera picks up an image of the animal, or you see it in person, report it by calling 231-775-9727, ext. 6032 or emailing keenk1@michigan.gov.

*Editor's note: The elk pictured is a Michigan elk, but not the one spotted in Mid-Michigan.*

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