A volunteer's response
Last time I was at Cataloochee I talked with a park volunteer who told me that they had another 2 years to make this a success. She mentioned lack of reproduction and even said that they had been trapping and moving bears out of the area since they have been killing the calves. This was around 9 months ago, so if that was true they have around 15 more months to make it work. Personally I enjoy having the elk there. I think they are one of the most majestic animals I have ever seen, and just love being there in the fall when they are bugling.