VIDEO: First elk sighting in South Carolina since 1737


PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A wild elk is on the loose in the Upstate and it’s something that hasn’t happened in about 275 years.

The elk was spotted in several places in Pickens County after wandering down from a herd in North Carolina. Elk experts say the young bull-elk is more than likely looking for a female mate.

The last confirmed elk sighting in South Carolina was in 1737.

Experts say if you see the elk, do not approach it. Elks can be agitated easily, and their antlers can inflict serious injury on a person.

Instead of approaching it, take a picture of the elk from a safe distance.

The elk was also spotted at the Reserve at Lake Keowee, according to their Facebook page.

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