There was a time when elk roamed freely throughout their native Pennsylvania range.
But with increased settlement came loss of habitat, and by the mid-1800s unregulated hunting had wiped out the state's native elk herd. Reintroduction of these magnificent animals began in 1913, when the Pennsylvania Game Commission began importing elk from the western U.S.
Over past two decades, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and other organizations have worked to conserve and protect elk and their habitat. Through improvements in the elk range and other efforts, it is hoped this wonderful animal will continue to roam the Pennsylvania Wilds.
With support from volunteers and guests like you, and from state agencies and conservation-minded hunters, our elk population has grown in size and health to what it is today. Help us continue this legacy with your active support.