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State elk herd attracts wildlife watchers

September 8, 2013
By Walt Young - For the Mirror

This Friday, 86 lucky hunters will be awarded an elk license for the 2013 elk season that will take place throughout the Elk Management Area in northcentral Pennsylvania. But for many wildlife enthusiasts, another very special elk season is just about to get underway. The peak of the mating season for our Pennsylvania elk herd, commonly called the "rut," occurs from mid-September to early October. During those weeks of early autumn, thousands of visitors armed with binoculars, spotting scopes or cameras visit the region to see and hear this annual wildlife ritual being performed by the more than 850 elk that inhabit the nearly 900 squares miles of the Pennsylvania elk range, which comprises parts of Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Potter and Clearfield counties.

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