The elk was spotted earlier in the month in Isabella and Clare counties. The most recent report of an ambling elk came from Gratiot County.
Officials speculate all the sightings are the same animal, but without a photo, there is no way to be sure.
Brian Mastenbrook is the Wildlife Field Operations Manager with the DNR.
“These are wild elk, from up in Otsego and Cheboygan and it’s pretty rare for them to wander this far, they’ve done it before they’ve been to the north side of Bay City, they’ve been down around Houghton Lake, but it’s like every two or three or five years ya know one or sometimes two take off and make these long travels.”
Mastenbrook says elk are typically not a hazard to humans or other animals. He says he expects the animal to eventually make its way back up north.
Deer hunting season is wrapping up in much of the state, but one organization has another large mammal on its mind.
Officials with Michigan United Conservation Clubs said they are working on a resolution that would increase fines for elk poaching.
DNR officials say Michigan’s state elk population is around 900, that compares to millions of whitetail deer. Currently, elk poaching carries up to $2,500 in fines. Continue reading
DNR officials are kicking off elk season by asking for the public’s help to track down a poacher.
The case happened last December in Montmorency County.
Debbie Munson Badini is a spokesperson for the DNR.
She said the head and antlers of an elk were taken as a trophy, but the rest of the animal was left behind. Continue reading
A new report from the National Wildlife Federation says climate change is having an impact on Michigan big game.