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Elk Foundation has humble beginnings
Photo Supplied Elk were reintroduced to Wisconsin in 1995 with the assistance of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Charlie Decker was a jack-of-all-trades. He was a logger, preacher, Realtor and owner of a drive in restaurant. He was also a dedicated conservationist concerned about habitat loss for elk and other wildlife in Montana and throughout the western United States. More importantly, Decker was willing to take what some might argue was an unjustifiable risk of reputation and capital. "We needed start up money and I used my oldest son's college fund my wife and I had saved for years. It nearly cost me a divorce," Decker said. Three friends supplemented his commitment with funds from second mortgages, loans and raids on personal checking accounts.