Elk - VALUES AND USES

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 VALUES AND USES





Long before European explorers set foot in British
Columbia, the Elk was an important part of the
First Nations subsistence economy. Elk products
provided food, clothing, implements, weapons,
decoration, and a medium of exchange. Today,
First Nations people on Vancouver Island and in
the Kootenay region harvest small numbers of Elk,
primarily for food and ceremonial purposes.
The Elk is an important game animal in British
Columbia, prized for its meat and antlers. Over
several decades, harvests have ranged from 500
to 4000 animals per year. Although hunting
Elk is closely regulated, it has
created substantial license
revenue for conservation
programs, income for
hunting guides and their
employees, and thousands
of recreation days.
Elk viewing is easiest on
their winter-spring ranges.
Although Roosevelt Elk
prefer the obscurity of forested
habitats, they are often visible in

Strathcona Provincial Park near the highway that runs
through the Elk River valley. In winter and spring, it is
possible to see Rocky Mountain Elk in the Columbia
River marshes around Invermere, Radium, and
Golden and along highways through Kootenay and
Yoho national parks and Mount Robson Provincial
Park. In summer, Elk are visible in spectacular timberline
settings in the upper reaches of the Elk, Bull, and
Kootenay rivers and in various smaller watersheds along
the southern Rocky Mountain Trench



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