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These elk are part of a small herd that is kept at a local county park. The herd used to be at 8, but a year ago 4 died off (new article here: http://www.lemarssentinel.com/story/1909...) I'm not sure why they keep them, but they are very funny to feed and interact with, accept today, the bull decided to charge the fence.
These are kept in a large pen type area (Probably 15 acres or so) which is mostly grassland and a little wooded area.
I'm not sure if elk are native to my part of Iowa, but these do fairly well here.