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Deer in Newton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

A Monarch Returns

Elk Along the Buffalo

— Buffalo National River —

 
 
A Monarch Returns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
1. A Monarch Returns Marker
Inscription.  What an exciting discovery to come across an elk roaming the fields and woodlands of the Buffalo River country. Once again these large members of the deer family can be found grazing or resting in clearings and open spaces.

Native to the hardwood forests of the Ozarks, an eastern subspecies became extinct by the 1840s. At the prompting of local citizens, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission re-introduced 112 Rocky Mountain elk along the Buffalo River in 1981. Although the elk adapted to their new habitat, parasites, poaching, and road kills have limited their population growth. Nonetheless, these majestic mammals appear to be extending their range in the Buffalo River region. Elk may weigh up to 800 pounds, compared to a 150-pound white-tailed deer.

Elk Viewing Tips: Keep your distance. Elk are large, wild animals that can seriously injure you! Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for a better view. Morning and evening are best time for viewing, especially in winter. Use of elk calls or spotlights in the park are prohibited.

This exhibit was funded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, with support from the Arkansas
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals. A significant historical year for this entry is 1981.
 
Location. 36° 0.288′ N, 93° 22.074′ W. Marker is in Deer, Arkansas, in Newton County. Marker is on State Highway 43. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deer AR 72628, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boxley Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Beaver Jim Villines (approx. 1.1 miles away); Civil War in Newton County / Newton County Civil War Troops (approx. 10.1 miles away); Newton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.1 miles away); Newton County (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
A Monarch Returns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
2. A Monarch Returns Marker
A Monarch Returns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 7, 2010
3. A Monarch Returns Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 532 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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