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My sister in law cleans up forclosed properties in the UP and today while cleaning a place up, found a 6x6 bull elk head (fresh) laying in the back of the yard..it doesn't look cut off..more like tore off (wolves?)
I didn't even know there were elk there..the property is near Newberry.
 

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Chupacabra....

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Last I heard there was one bull elk in the eastern UP.

May want to contact the local CO up there and show him. They may be able to run DNA to see if it's one of our elk from the NLP or a game ranch bull.
 

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Elk have been in the EUP for more than a decade. There is a lot more than one bull. The migrated from Blind River Ontario after a transplant operation.
 

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What do elk eat? Is the food up there sufficient to sustain a heard along with deer and moose? Are elk indigenous to the up? I think that is so cool if its true, deer, moose, elk, bear, bobcat, Fisher, Martin, salmon, hell the up is a little Alaska!!!

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I have heard of people seeing a bull elk south of Rudyard but that was about 8yrs ago or so.
 

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Yes. Elk have been there for quite a while. But I've only heard of them on the extreme eastern end. Sugar island Pickford rudyard area. When I attended lssu there was a cow and a calf hanging out for awhile. While I have no concrete evidence. It sounds like they're mostly transients. Eventually they head back to Ontario.
 

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Has one where I hunt several years ago, first year he was a spike and seen him 4-5 times, the next year he was a 5x5 and only seen him once. There was a bull in Brimley mi also this year looked like a 5x5 from the pics. There are a few of them around.
 

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I thought the DNR should have moved some of our local elk before shooting them. An internet search showed a transplant was suggested for the western UP which seems to have gone no where. Ontario has been working on it for a while and has a couple of smallish herds in different areas.

Maybe Michigan will do something in the UP after a couple of years of wolf harvest as they were mentioned as a factor to deal with.
 

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The Wisconsin herd is only 45 minutes away from the West end so hopefully in a decade or so they'll be on this side too.
 
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