College Students Take to the Sky In Search of Elk

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Sometimes the best classroom is a helicopter. At least, that’s the case for some students in the Forestry program at the University of Kentucky.

Tasked with keeping an eye on southeastern Kentucky’s growing elk population, a group of students took to the sky to survey both whitetail deer and elk.

“There’s quite a few of them now in eastern Kentucky,” Dr. Cox told WKYT-TV. “We think maybe 10,000 elk or more that are there. Which is about twice the number that are in Yellowstone National Park.”

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation assisted with successful elk restorations in Kentucky as well as Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.

Photo Credit: Tina Thornseberry