KODAK, Tenn. - Friends of the Smokies is receiving a a grant for $13,720 from Charter Communications Inc. The grant will be used in support of wildlife management in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The grant will allow the park to purchase 15 radio collars and 2 receivers for tracking and monitoring elk .
Friends of the Smokies tells us radio transmitters are extremely useful to help keep track of animals locations and their survival. We're told they use this tool to make short and long-term decisions regarding the animals.
We're told the collars will be used on 5 adult female elk per year.