During a meeting Thursday night in Black River Falls, the DNR said they want to establish a herd of 50 Elk near that city.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Jackson County board chair said they expect the first 50 elk to be introduced in spring of 2015 with plans to start a hunt seven to eight years after that. They also said they have a goal of growing the elk population to 400 elk.
Lou George the Regional Director with the Rocky Mountain Elk foundation told WEAU-TV thanks to donations and the Ho Chunk Nation, after years of planning, elk are closer to being in the Black River State Forest. “A large portion of this is not coming from tax payer dollars its coming from constituents and supporters who believe in the wildlife conservation message ,” George said.
The elk will be coming to Black River Falls from Kentucky.
Currently, the state's largest elk population is in Clam Lake in Ashland County.
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