The Flint Hills chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raised about $19,000 for habitat with its annual auction Saturday at the Best Western.
Club spokesman Steve Ewing says securing habitat is a big deal for the foundation, but also for the animals.
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Ewing says that process also helps other animals like deer, reptiles and insects.
In years past, the auction has raised as much as $30,000. Ewing said numbers were down a little bit this year, but he thanks those who did show for their generosity.