Please enjoy this brief video about elk country.

Every year thousands of people make the trek to the Pennsylvania Wilds to see the largest wild elk herd in the Northeastern United States. Some families visit during the fall rut to watch bull elk spar and bugle in an elaborate ritual to impress the ladies. Other travelers arrive in summer to find cows grazing with their offspring in a field. Others still are just passing through, only to stop in amazement at the sight of an 800 pound bull.

Elk are a stunning, unforgettable sight. Their presence is part of life in many rural Pennsylvania communities, and a wonder to visitors. But it wasn’t always this way. Pennsylvania’s elk herd was depleted in the mid-1800s; it took decades and many resources to restore it to its current health and grandeur.

Today, the area these majestic animals roam is called ‘Elk Country.’ The term refers to not only the elk, but the people of the region. 

The mission of KECA is to make sure Elk Country is here for future generations to enjoy. Our goal with this website is two-prong: to help you experience elk in the wild in a safe and meaningful way that inspires good stewardship; and to provide you with ways you can help us with our conservation and wildlife education efforts.

If you are planning a visit, be sure to check out our Visitor Center and Links pages for information about viewing elk and for food and lodging suggestions. If you are interested in giving back, we offer several ways to get involved: through membership, volunteer opportunities, donations, or by renting the Elk Mountain Homestead for a family weekend escape. 

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