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I know!! We’re supposed to be on Letter F for Frizztext’s Story Challenge on Flickr Comments at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/story-challenge-letter-f/ but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to post my entry for the Letter E even if I am late, once again!

The elk of Elk Grove Village have lived in a protected area of the forest preserve ever since the original herd was introduced from Yellowstone National Park in Montana in the 1925.

They are monitored regularly by forest preserve personnel and cared for by the veterinarians of Brookfield Zoo.

There were as many as 80 animals at one time but now the numbers are kept to between 6 to 15.  According to one newspaper report the village brings in a new bull every 3 to 4 years for breeding purposes to avoid inbreeding problems.

They are the most magnificent looking creatures and draw many visitors throughout the year, hoping to catch a glimpse or better still, a close-up view of those mighty antlers.