(Portland, OR) -- Portland's iconic elk statue is returning to downtown Portland. The city says the elk will be back either late this year or early next year with a new base, a dedicated bike lane and an improved bus lane. The statue has been in storage since it was damaged during the 2020 protests. The Thompson Elk Statue and fountain was built in 1900. It's named after it's benefactor David P. Thompson who was Portland's mayor from 1879 to 1882.