A huge wildlife draw is the elk in Smoky Mountain National Park. Reintroduced to the park eight years ago, the elk are prospering despite a rough start with the black bears during the beginning of the release of just 52 animals.
In a couple of weeks, the elk population will surpass 100 animals and will succeed the native elk that were hunted out of the mountains around 175 years ago.
The elk have attracted huge crowds of sightseers and have even caused traffic jams on the weekends. Volunteers of the Elk Bugle Corps are on hand though to educate visitors about the elk and to remind people of the 150 foot safety boundary around the elk.