Officials trumpeting return of elk to West Virginia

December 19, 2016

Officials are trumpeting the return of an elk herd to West Virginia for the first time since 1875.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials from the state Division of Natural Resources are set to introduce the elk on Monday in Logan County.

DNR biologists trapped two dozen elk at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky in November. After the elk were quarantined to determine whether they were disease-free, they were transported to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County.

The hope is to eventually open up the area to hunting.

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elsmitro
not rated yet Dec 20, 2016
We need elk like we need the coyote, wolf, and cougar back, Not at all! But that is exactly what will come next to "control" the elk population. These things ruin farms and groves, they are a complete disaster to people that need large fields and orchards. What's the point other than to spend tax dollars on more idiotic projects thought up by over educated leftists that have No idea what life is like for good hard working people. Now we don't have many hunters and trappers left anymore, so these things going to thrive totally unchecked, devastating Every type of farm we have. Imagine your loved one driving down the highway and running into one of these things. Don't we have enough trouble with all the deer collisions already? I know we do, because I read about another group of idiots wanting to release cougar to control the deer population in WV earlier this summer. Please, think about hunter initiatives, education, early introduction, and encouragement!

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