Upstate elk captured, relocated

Upstate Elk
Courtesy S.C. Department of Natural Resources

UPSTATE,SC (WSPA) – Richard Morton with DNR said the elk recently spotted across the Upstate was captured last week off White Horse Road.

As part of the relocation, he was tranquilized and antlers removed for his safety.

The elk was released in the S.C. mountains, but has reportedly been spotted near Salem since his capture and release.

DNR hopes the elk will turn west and head back toward Northern Oconee Co., which has about 85,000 acres of US Forest Service Property.

The main thing that will help this elk is for people to STOP FEEDING and TOUCHING it.

As long as people are feeding the elk, it’s not likely to leave the area.

The elk is thought to be around 2.5 years old and weighs about 500 pounds.

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