Bull Elk pursues a cow in Cataloochee
A bull elk in the rut pursues a cow in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once confined to Cataloochee, elk can be seen roaming in Smokemont, the Qualla Boundary, and Maggie Valley.
The Cataloochee Elk Herd is expanding to other sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
More information about Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Before the Elk were reintroduced into the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this was a quiet and lonely place.
But these magnificent animals draw wildlife enthusiasts from near and far that are willing to take the extra effort required to get into Cataloochee.
The narrow, winding access roads can be rather busy in the early morning or late evening houses, so please use extra caution during those times.
The Elk in Cataloochee and everywhere else, for that matter, shed their antlers every year and regrow new ones.
During the rut, bull elks will spar with each other for dominance of the females in the herd. They use their antlers as weapons, and attack with various degrees of ferocity.
Typically, when discussing the number of points on the antlers of the elk, one counts the features on either side. Examples are 7×7 or 8×7. This is one of those cases where bigger is better, especially for the photographer!
Located in the remote Southeast corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the Cataloochee Valley. And since the National Park Service reintroduced elk into the valley in 2001, wildlife lovers from all over the world have crossed the Cataloochee Divide to see the beautiful creatures! Continue reading