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Elk viewing volunteers needed in Smokies

Published On: Apr 24 2013 03:21:58 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2013 04:49:23 PM CDT
GATLINBURG, Tenn. -

The Smokies needs volunteers to guide visitors who want to see the elk.     

The herd is in Cataloochee, a remote mountain valley on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.      

Those volunteers selected will aid rangers in directing traffic and briefing visitors on responsible elk viewing.      

Each volunteer is asked to work at least two scheduled, four-hour shifts per month starting the second week in May and continuing through November.  For more information, call Park Ranger Pete Walker at (828) 506-1739.       

Elk were reintroduced in Cataloochee in 2001 as part of an experimental release to determine if an elk herd could sustain itself in the park after a 200-year absence. Approximately 140 elk now live in the self-sustaining herd.