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100th Anniversary of the Reintroduction of Elk in PA
Over 400 years ago, Pennsylvania was home to an estimated 100,000 Eastern Woodland Elk that roamed freely across the state. Due to European expansion and over hunting this massive beast became extinct. In 1913, the PA Game Commission reintroduced Elk into the state; however, it was a different species known as the Rocky Mountain Elk. Transported from Yellowstone by train, the Elk were left to roam in the Dents Run area near Benezette.
2013 marks the 100th year of the reintroduction. The elk herd, today, is estimated between 900-1,000 animals and continues to grow. If you haven’t experienced the beauty of these magnificent animals, you’ll want to plan your trip today to the Pennsylvania Wilds. There are a number of ways to experience the elk.
Elk Country Visitor Center, 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA 15821
The Center is a premier elk viewing location and home to the largest wild elk herd in the Northeastern United States. An unforgettable sight for visitors, this world-class, eco-friendly visitor center offers panoramic views, interactive exhibits, a 4-D immersive story theater, a fun gift shop, and a planned hands-on Discovery Room for younger visitors. Outside, you can explore well-tended wildlife trails, elk observation areas and viewing blinds.
Elk Expo – August 17-18, 2013 at the Elk Country Visitor Center
This unique event offers a variety of wildlife presentations as well as a turkey calling contest. Food, vendors, arts & crafts, Nashville recording artist Jerry Schickling and more. Parking is at the Benezette Municipal Grounds near Benezette on Route 555. Guests will be shuttled to the Expo grounds.
Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, 4843 Park Road, Austin, PA 16720
Located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds region, the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park is a state-of-the-art 9,300 square foot facility with a visitor center and office space. Enjoy interpretive exhibits, opportunities to view wildlife, and learn about green building design. The park is surrounded by the Elk, Susquehannock and Sproul state forest districts offering an abundance of wildlife watching opportunities from elk to otters and an outstanding variety of birdlife. Open seven days a week, 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Plan your trip to the Pennsylvania Wilds with a stay at a nearby Bed & Breakfast.