Last updated 9/19/2016 at 5:41pm
The first elk has been spotted in Transylvania County, according to David Whitmire, co-owner of Headwaters Outfitters.
The elk was seen by a sportsman near the corner of Slick Fisher Road and N.C. 281 North.
The last elk in North Carolina is believed to have been killed in the late 1700s.
But in 2001, the National Park Service reintroduced 25 elk into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and in 2002 the park brought in another 27 elk.
The animals were transferred from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area along the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
Whitmire made the annou...