TRAVERSE CITY — Sonja Daniels Moehle won’t soon take her eyes off the lake bottom when she paddles her kayak, especially after what she spied in a lake near her home.
“I’m always looking under the water,” Sonja, 10, said. “We’ve probably put our foot on it and not known.”
Sonja’s early-spring paddle with her father, David Moehle turned up what could be a significant scientific discovery poking from the silt on a Benzie County lake bottom. That day the pair fished a gargantuan set of elk antlers from the muck.
The find kicked off the Moehle family’s months-long quest to find answers, since elk haven’t freely roamed northwestern lower Michigan for more than 100 years. A few weeks ago, with help from some friends, they exhumed the rest of what appears to be a complete elk skeleton.
Now the real work begins.
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