HAZEL HURST â€“ A lone bull elk is wandering at its new residence in McKean County -- the Morgan farm and adjacent woodland along Bloomster Hollow Road in Hamlin Township.
"He's got the run of the whole hollow," Rick Morgan said in describing the majestic visitor to the property where he lives. "He seems to be spending more of his time lately between our place and our neighbor's place."
Morgan said the elk has been dining on round hay bales in the farm fields, as well as corn.
According to Morgan, John Dzemyan of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) believes the elk wandered to Hamlin Township because of the increased population of the elk herd near Benezette in Elk County. Morgan said the PGC official believes the "open fields" and nearby woodland are providing "good habitat" for the elk.
Morgan said the bull elk "seems to be a pretty intelligent guy looking for breaks in the fence rows when going from one property to the other."
"Where he can't step over the fence, he seems to look for a place where it is broken or where he can go around," Morgan said. He said the elk has been seen "bedding down" near some pine trees at the edge of the woods."
For more on this story, see the Jan. 17 edition of The Daily Press.