cataloochee elk

Bull Elk pursues a cow in Cataloochee

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.

Bugling Cataloochee Bull Elk

Bugling Cataloochee Bull Elk

Bull elk bugling in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The shrill call can be heard for miles and alerts other males in the area to their presence.

Once you hear it you never forget it!

Elk and Autumn leaves in Cataloochee

Elk and Autumn leaves in Cataloochee

Elk at the edge of the forest set ablaze with gorgeous fall foliage in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Young bull elk in Cataloochee

Young bull elk in Cataloochee

Young bull elk in Cataloochee in a light wooded area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Bull Elk with Cows in Cataloochee

Bull elk with Cows in Cataloochee

Bull elk with Cows in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Elk of Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains 08

Elk of Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains 08

Bull elk and cows in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cataloochee Elk Herd

Cataloochee Elk Herd

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.

Cataloochee Bull Elk in Maggie

This Cataloochee Bull Elk found its way into Maggie Valley. As the elk herd grows males will continue to seek new territory.

Bull Elk in Cataloochee Smoky Mountains

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.

Cataloochee Elk Antlers in the Great Smoky Mountains

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!

Bulk Elk in Cataloochee

The Elk of Cataloochee

Cataloochee Elk Great Smoky Mountains
Cataloochee Elk Great Smoky Mountains

The Elk of Cataloochee

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