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Elk State Forest

Elk State Forest in Northwestern Pennsylvania is currently home to more than 600 elk. These elk are not the native Pennsylvania eastern elk. Although they once lived throughout Pennsylvania, by the mid 1800s their range decreased to a small area in Elk County, and the last native Pennsylvania eastern elk was killed 1867.

Photo of an elk.Picture: a western elk in Elk State Forest. Picture courtesy of Pennsylvania DCNR Forestry.

The elk in Elk State Forest are all western elk, their forefathers introduced by the Pennsylvania Game Commission between 1913 and 1926.

If you're lucky, you might see an elk when you're visiting Elk State Forest. The Forest offers some great opportunities for hiking. Just remember, elk are best observed at dawn and dusk, in September and October during the mating season.

References and further reading

For more information about Elk State Forest and its history, natural areas, and activities and hiking trails, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website about Elk State Forestoutside link.