Wild Bull Elk walking through snow in Bancroft, Ontario. (reintroduced species). The Ontario elk restoration program was conducted by the Ministry of Natural Resources from 1998-2005. During the program, 460 animals from Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton, Alberta then transferred to Ontario. They were released gradually in four regions of the province with habitats deemed suitable for elk reintroduction; these areas were Nipissing/French River, Bancroft/North Hastings county, Lake of the Woods, and Lake Huron North Shore. More than 90% of these elk were radio collared so they could be closely monitored following their release using radiotelemetry.
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