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Locals help preserve Elk population

You’re not going to find elk at Lake Tahoe, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people here trying to preserve their habitats and expand populations of the wild animals.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has grown since its inception less than two years ago, and officials hope an annual banquet held this month will increase membership even more.

With prime rib dinners, raffles and silent auctions, the purpose of the April 29 event is to increase membership and raise money for buying and restoring wildlife habitat.

“We’re looking to hopefully double our first year’s attendance,” said George Dupuy, a foundation member from South Lake Tahoe. “We had about 150 people; we’re hoping for more like 300 or 400 this year.”

The mission of the foundation is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. While the Rocky Mountain elk is the organization’s symbol, members help to preserve habitat for every type of elk – tule, Roosevelt’s and Manitoban – and any other type of wildlife.

Members include hunters and non-hunters alike.

With more than 110,000 members in 50 states and 30 countries, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has purchased more than 2 million acres of wildlife habitat in the western United States.

A third of the proceeds at the Tahoe banquet will go toward work in California and Nevada, said Tony Kavalok, Nevada state director for the foundation.

“Both states have growing elk herds,” Kavalok said.

“Our mission is specifically to protect and enhance habitat for elk and other wild animals,” he added.

What: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet

When: April 29, 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village

Cost: $65

Information: Dennis Morgan, (530) 544-8707; or George Dupuy, (530) 544-2353

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