Tennessee Elk Cam
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The live elk camera is located in Hatfield Knob, Tennessee. Enjoy watching the elk and other wildlife you may see on the live cam!

The elk (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America and Northeast Asia.

Habits: Most active mornings and evenings. Usually seen in groups of 25 or more; both sexes together in winter, old bulls in separate groups during summer. Feeds on grasses, herbs, twigs, bark. Migrates up mountains in spring, down in fall; males shed antlers Feb.– March; velvet shed in Aug. Attains adult dentition at 2 1/2-3 years. Calf has high-pitched squeal when in danger; cow has similar squeal, also sharp bark when traveling with herd; males have high-pitched bugling call that starts with a low note and ends with a few low-toned grunts, heard during rutting season, especially at night. Lives 14 years (25 in captivity). Females breed at 2 1/2 years. Rut starts in Sept.; old males round up harems.

Young: Born May-June; normally 1, rarely 2; gestation period about 8 1/2 months. Spotted. Able to walk a few minutes after birth.

Economic Status: Can do considerable damage to vegetables, pastures, grainfields, and haystacks; a prize game mammal for meat and trophies; formerly ranged over much of continent, now restricted. There have been numerous attempts to reestablish them, some successful, others not. May be seen commonly in following national parks: Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Olympic, Glacier, Rocky Mt., Banff, and Jasper; also other places where they have been introduced.

For more information about Tennessee's elk visit the TWRA website.