About 15 years ago 3 cow elk and 1 bull escaped from a small high fence ranch. The owner tried to catch them but gave up and they ended up about 3 miles from where they escaped. Several ranches agreed to not shoot them and see if they would breed.
The elk have been multiplying over the years and some have been shot when they left the safe zone.
One Elk basket head was very small and looked to us like a whitetail elk cross but was told that was not possible.Every year he looked different. He disappeared in 2015 but showed up this year looking like a full grown elk. Here he is over the years.
This is 2017
Elk in my food plot
This bull was taken this year.