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July 13, 2014

In Northern Living: Family finds elk skeleton in lake, digs deep for answers

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.

See Northern Living for the rest of this story.



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