On a cold, snowy night in October, a couple of hunters in southern Maine had an idea: They were hoping to find a rare mountain lion, a rare species that is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The hunters were searching for a rare, elusive mountain lion in southern New Hampshire.
When they spotted the mountain lion and the trail it was following, they knew they had found a rare elk, a species that, until now, was only found in New Hampshire, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
After spending a few minutes with the elk and a few days with the mountain lions, the hunters realized that they were looking at a rare pair of elk that were in the same area, according.
The elk were on the same land as the mountain cats, so the hunters knew that the elks were likely related.
They called their group, the Appalachian Mountain Elk Hunters, to let them know what they found.
The group is now working with the Maine Department of Conservation and the Maine National Forests, and the elkers are doing well in their habitat, according the Humane World.