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Michael O'Toole Jr.

Traveler, Photographer and videographer. Lived in Pennsylvania, Alaska, China, and Yellowstone. I took all the pictures you see on this page.

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By September these elk will spread out and join the cows and calves for the mating season. These will even challenge each other for the right to mate. As you seen in the other pictures I took these driving by a house in Benezette, Pennsylvania back in June. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #elk #elkwatching #elkherd #elkcountry #elkcountypa #bullelk #antlers #antleraddiction #pawilds #pawildlife #scenicpa #naturalpennsylvania #benezette #pennsylvania #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanialife #ruralpennsylvania

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What many people don’t know about the elk reintroduction program in Pennsylvania is they actually released the elk in not just the north central part of the state the elk live today. The elk were also released in the north eastern part of Pennsylvania as well. In 1913, the first elk were brought by train from Yellowstone National Park. There were 50 elk that were brought from Yellowstone and each cost $30. They were released in Clinton, Clearfield, and Monroe County in the Poconos region. In 1915, 95 more elk were brought from Yellowstone to Pennsylvania and were released in 6 counties, which were Potter, Cameron, , Forest, Blair, Carbon, and Monroe. As elk populations prospered, a hunting season was first held in 1923. As elk populations began disappearing from the regions they were reintroduced. The Game Commission ceased elk hunting in 1932. By the late 1930’s the remainder of the elk population lived in Elk and Cameron County. Ironically this is where last native population lived. After the 1930’s the came commission did some reintroduction efforts as well as careful land management, which help the population slowly rebound. Today, there are around 1,000 elk living in the state of Pennsylvania. . . . . . . #elk #pennsylvaniaelk #benezette #pennsylvania

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The subspecies of Elk you see roaming Pennsylvania today as well as states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and other eastern mid-western states are called Rocky Mountain Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni). The original subspecies Eastern Elk (Cervus canadensis canadensis) went extinct in the late 19th Century. With careful reintroduction projects and land restoration, many of the elk have been returned to their former range within the eastern United States. . . . . . . . . . . . . #elk #elkcountry #elkcounty #elkcountypa #bullelk #antlers #antleraddiction #deer #deerwhisperer #pennsylvania #scenicpa #naturalpennsylvania #pawilds #pawildlife #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanialife #benezette

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In spring and summer, bull elk go off by themselves, living alone or in small groups. By autumn they will join the cows and compete with other bulls in the rut or mating season. Some locals gave me a recommendation where to spot these bull elk and surely they were right. I spotted these bull elk in the field around sunset. There were 6 of them the first day I saw them. On the second day I got up early in the morning and spotted them in the same area. That morning there were 7 bull elk in this herd. . . . . . . . . . . . . #elk #elkherd #elkwatching #elkcounty #elkcountry #paelk #bullelk #antlers #antleraddict #antlerhunting #benezette #benezettepa #scenicpa #naturalpennsylvania #pawilds #pennsylvania #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful #pennsylvanialife

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During the spring and summer months bull elk go off by themselves or in small groups of bulls. Cows and calves remain in family units consisting of a mature cow, her calf, and yearlings. Sometimes many families of elk will together forming a herd. Sometimes called an elk nursery. An old cow leads the group by giving alarm calls, guiding them away from intruders. The herd like the ones seen in this picture will feed along hillsides and open fields in the early morning. By the late morning these elk will move into the forest with dense timber and shade to bed down and keep cool. Elk prefer not to move in areas with heavy winds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #elk #elkherd #elkcounty #elkcountry #pennsylvaniaelk #pawilds #scenicpa #naturalpennsylvania #pacollective #benezette #winslowhill

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Look closely at the hill below the house and tell me what you see. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #benezette #benezettepa #winslowhill #viewingarea #scenic #scenicpa #naturalpennsylvania #pawilds #pawildlife #elkcounty #elkcountry #elk #pennsylvania #pennsylvaniaphotographer

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Some photos I took of the other acts from @grandkhai show a couple of weeks ago @sherman_theater . Follow @questionwy and @tp_elevated on Instagram. Also, go check out some of their music @applemusic @spotify @soundcloud . . . . . . . . . . . . #grandkhai #EverythingGrand #shermantheater #supportlocalartists #supportlocaltalent #supportlocalmusicians #hiphop #hiphop4life #hiphopdx #music #music4life #musiclover

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