|introducing additional elk.
The last reported elk sighting in Tennessee was in Obion County in
1865. Eliminated by unregulated hunting and the loss of habitat due
to influx of new settlers.
The subspecies of elk that once roamed Tennessee, Cervus
elaphus canadensis, are now extinct. The closely related
Cervus elaphus manitobensis were introduced. Other eastern states
that have resident elk herds include Michigan, Pennsylvania,
Wisconsin, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.