Limpy is not the first Pennsylvania elk to cause such a stir. In 2011, the killing of an elk nicknamed "Freddy" spurred a similar public outcry, but no regulations have been created to protect specific members of the elk herd from harvest. Ross says harvest numbers are on par with recent years, so there’s no reason to change regulations. In fact, if the number of animals continues to grow, the state may allocate more hunting tags in the lottery. "It’s up to us to take care of them," he said, adding that a population increase could endanger the habitat, other wildlife species, and the elk themselves, should food sources be unable to sustain the herd.