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Elk of Itasca now run free

Elk of Itasca is now roaming free in northwestern Minnesota today and this was the result of a 1900's program at Itasca State Park to reintroduce the species to the state. Elk were abundant before and during the early years of European settlement in Minnesota but they were hunted down nearly to extinction in the 1900s. The last Elk that was killed in Minnesota was in 1908. In 1913, a herd of elk was reintroduced into the wild at Itasca State Park. They were protected and enclosed with an 8-foot woven fence. By 1937, the elk population increased to 40 [...]

Wildfire at Itasca State Park contained at 80%

Wildfire at Itasca State Park is now contained by at least 80%. The wildfire started at a remote section of Itasca State Park in north-central Minnesota. Firefighters are now scouting for hotspots and the precautionary evacuations of the nearby cabins have been lifted and will reopen soon. Some closures will remain for those on the Wilderness Drive. The fire is at the end of the Bohall Trail. There is no word yet with regards to the cause of the fire. Source Photo Credit

Wildfire breaks out at Itasca State Park

A wildfire burns about 9 acres in size of Itasca State Park which forced evacuations last Wednesday evening. The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m to the Clearwater County Sheriff's Department. The fire is burning lowland grasses, timber, and brush in a remote location at the north part of the Bohall Trail. Firefighters were very determined as they fight the flames from the ground and air. Luckily no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation Source Photo Credit

2021-10-07T19:43:59+00:00October 7th, 2021|Itasca State Park, Minnesota State Parks|0 Comments