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Wednesday, November 4 • 8:00am - 8:20am
Assessing the Feasibility and Value of a Sustainable, Huntable Elk Population in North Carolina

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Marion Deerhake, RTI International; Jennifer Murrow, University of Maryland; Katherine Heller, RTI International; David Cobb, Brad Howard -North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Elk were introduced in 2001 to the Cataloochee area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM). In 2008, the National Park Service transferred responsibility for elk management outside GRSM to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NC WRC). Expansion of elk outside of GRSM boundaries presents additional recreational opportunities for residents and tourists but also increases human-elk conflict and associated property damage, cost of preventive action, and administrative burden for NC WRC staff. NC WRC commissioned an integrated biological, economic, and social assessment of the feasibility and value of maintaining a sustainable, huntable elk population outside GRSM in North Carolina. Biologically, we found that the projected population of elk would likely grow in areas where they currently exist, even with modest harvest rates of 4 to 6 males per year. A nearby source herd and large, less developed landscapes promote herd sustainability. Even without hunting, establishing additional elk herds in areas remote from the current population would likely fail if herds experience even slightly lower survival and recruitment due to higher levels of elk/human conflict. Economically, the elk herd would continue to be positive for North Carolina’s economy, increasing tourism and conveying net benefits that could total millions of dollars per year, depending on the scenario.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 8:00am - 8:20am EST
Ballroom Salon A

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