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Would You Support Elk in NY?

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I wonder if reintroducing elk would help balance the deer population across the state. It would also give us some extra big game hunting opportunities in the future. It has been very successful in PA. I would imagine it would be successful in NY as well.

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there are probably only pockets where they'd do ok in, not being an expert I'd assume it'd be the same areas inhabited by moose and bear currently. 

Are elk native to NY?

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49 minutes ago, pitweiler said:

Eastern Elk were native to the entire east coast. History of Eastern Elk

interesting read. it's sad to see that they were actually bigger than the rocky mountain elk. I guess I wonder what is holding NY back if PA has had success.

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interesting read. it's sad to see that they were actually bigger than the rocky mountain elk. I guess I wonder what is holding NY back if PA has had success.

Unless they bought them off a Ny 10 year CWD tested farm I would say no. Documented states now have CWD after bringing in untested Elk.


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I think bringing elk back to NY would be fantastic. Realistically it's probably only a matter time before they show up. PA's herd is growing and I imagine at some point it will be big enough to extend into southern NY.

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I'd be long gone before there was a viable hunting population. Having said that, sure why not? The more biodiversity, the better. After all, they were once indigenous.

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32 minutes ago, eaglemountainman said:

I'd be long gone before there was a viable hunting population. Having said that, sure why not? The more biodiversity, the better. After all, they were once indigenous.

kind of my thoughts too, but I know they've just started grizzly hunting again (or are trying to anyhow). The tag numbers are extraordinarily low, but in time they should grow. Elk are on my bucket list for sure.

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3 hours ago, Belo said:

there are probably only pockets where they'd do ok in, not being an expert I'd assume it'd be the same areas inhabited by moose and bear currently. 

Are elk native to NY?

I believe everything you find out west was at one time in new york state just about  at one time 

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Quote: "Would You Support Elk in NY?"

Maybe yes....maybe no. I would want some very detailed research done to ensure the compatibility with the deer of the state. I don't want any species introduced that would compete with the deer herd. I would not want any additional species that might introduce or increase any diseases. I am not saying that elk introduction would do any of these things, but I would like to see exhaustive research done to make sure that all i's are dotted and t's crossed when it come to ensuring that there are no unintended consequences.

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I would even suport Hogs in new york but supposedly DEC thinks hunting would not  be able to control the population here .

I think between the weather and hunting  it would easily control the numbers here .

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we dont even have bears around here yet.  Lol Hold off on the elks! 

They just reopened bear season in Madison county last year, i havent seen any but there is a season.  

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I read a couple different hunters biographies from the 1800s that referred to hunting elk in south western NY...sorry, cant remember the names. I went to a couple of ROcky Mountain Elk Foundation dinners, (almost twenty years ago, probably) and at that time the speakers were pretty realistic in reporting that elk were never numerous in NY and there were very few areas that would be practical for them. I liked that they were that honest.

I guess I am fine with the thought that there are better places for them.

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If they are ever brought into NY state, they will only be thriving in a few concentrated areas.  NY has lost a lot of it's viable Elk habitat over the years.  They would need lots of help for decades to establish a huntable population here.  I'm sure any permits would be by lottery with slim chances to win.  PA has a lot of problems with the Elk in populated areas.  They damage houses and farms and are road hazards too.  It would be nice to have them in NY if they were self sustaining, but if the PA case is any indication, that won't be the case.

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On 12/6/2018 at 3:21 PM, pitweiler said:

Down by PA? Any confirmed sightings?

Had one walk thru in Humphrey few years ago rag horn bull no. Eartags...  idk.


I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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57 minutes ago, Daveboone said:

I read a couple different hunters biographies from the 1800s that referred to hunting elk in south western NY...sorry, cant remember the names. I went to a couple of ROcky Mountain Elk Foundation dinners, (almost twenty years ago, probably) and at that time the speakers were pretty realistic in reporting that elk were never numerous in NY and there were very few areas that would be practical for them. I liked that they were that honest.

I guess I am fine with the thought that there are better places for them.

Historically  elk bone were found in great numbers in the town of elma at various Indian site I worked on in wny, but not as many as deer bones in Batavia area where in did excavations as well. 


I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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On 12/6/2018 at 3:28 PM, Storm914 said:

I would even suport Hogs in new york but supposedly DEC thinks hunting would not  be able to control the population here .

I think between the weather and hunting  it would easily control the numbers here .

When you hunt hogs the sounder scatters and can and do breed 3 to 4 x a year. 6 to 18 in a little and ready to breed in 6 months. We would never be able to control numbers and in area they are now they are expanding.. the main reason they put a ban on hunting them is to catch them in pen traps as as group to eliminate them

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I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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On 12/6/2018 at 2:14 PM, eaglemountainman said:

I'd be long gone before there was a viable hunting population. Having said that, sure why not? The more biodiversity, the better. After all, they were once indigenous.

I think they would have to make a mad dash up I80 to get to the Adirondacks .... probably stand a better chance up there ?


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