Pa. elk take spotlight from eagles on new live camera

FILE - This bull elk was photographed in September 2015 by the Pennsylvania Game Commission's live camera in Elk County. (Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has launched a live camera where wildlife enthusiasts can watch the bugling season from the heart of elk country.

The camera on state game lands in Elk County overlooks a field that is off limits to people and is typically is a hub of elk activity. The video and sound is live streamed on the Game Commission’s website.

Game Commission executive director R. Matthew Hough said the camera gives viewers a taste of what brings thousands of people to elk country each September.

“People are fascinated with elk and, in Pennsylvania, they continue to prove this year after year through their frequent trips to the elk range and the interest they show in hunting elk,” Hough said in a news release. “This camera – and the sights and sounds it is capturing – is just one more thing to get them excited. The bugling still sounds amazingly good through a computer speaker.”

The Game Commission estimates more than 1.5 million people watched its live stream of a bald eagle nest at Codorus State Park. Watching the free roaming elk won’t be as easy, since there may be times when no wildlife can be seen. The top time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon.

The live stream is slated to run until the end of the bugling season, likely sometime in mid-October.

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