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Sep
13

Highway 77

US Highway 77 runs through Clam Lake, Wisconsin.  For sixteen miles from east of Clam Lake to a point west of Clam Lake is the center of the Elk range.  The Elk were reintroduced to Wisconsin in 1995.  Since then the herd has grown from 25 animals to about two hundred.  Wolf and bear predation, along with collisions with cars have been the leading causes in keeping the herd size low.  Elk crossing signs all along US 77 flash whenever the Elk are within a mile of the elk crossing signs.  Most people go through this area slowly hoping to see the Elk, and some do not.  The Elk do cross the highway, like the one pictured below.

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One of the yellow Elk crossing signs can be seen in the far left background just passed the no passing sign.

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