yakima-columbia-river-kennewick CREHST Museum in Richland will be welcoming Melvin the Elk to one of their galleries this afternoon. Melvin the Elk lived on the Fitzner/Eberhart Arid Lands Ecology Reserve along the face of the Rattlesnake Mountain. Melvin was born on the reserve in 1978 and lived there until he died of natural causes in 1996. Biologists fitted Melvin with a radio transmitter collar in 1984, they were able to learn alot about the Elk herd on the reserve; like their habitat use, foraging, daily patterns, mating cycles, water use, and other activities. Melvin was the largest bull elk, he had antlers growing as long as 53 inches at one time. Admission for the CREHST Musuem is $3 for students (age 7-17), $4 for adults, and free for those over 62 years of age and those under 6 years of age. View Larger Map Posted by Colleen Lane on
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