Elk in Virginia


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T.R.
March 10, 2011, 11:54 AM
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I recently read in our local newspaper that elk from the Rocky Mts are being introduced to Nat'l Forest lands in southwestern Virginia.
This is a partnering project involving:

- USDA

- Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation

- Commonwealth of Virginia.

This news gladdens my heart!

TR

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Hanshi
March 10, 2011, 04:32 PM
Re-introduced is probably a more accurate term. They were here before the Mayflower; they, along with wolves, eastern bison, etc, were wiped out by our forebears.

Silent Sam
March 14, 2011, 04:41 AM
They were already wandering in from Tennessee or Kentucky, whichever has already reintroduced them. I think it was Kentucky.

Cash4Gold
March 14, 2011, 05:23 AM
KY and TN have both reintroduced elk herds. The KY herd is much larger, something like 10,000 elk, the largest elk herd east of the rockies.

SheepNutz
March 21, 2011, 09:51 PM
They were already wandering in from Tennessee or Kentucky, whichever has already reintroduced them. I think it was Kentucky.
Correct, it was Kentucky. My dad, who ran Kentucky's deer program for 25 years, started the elk program. Now if I could just get drawn for a tag...

T.R.
March 22, 2011, 04:11 PM
Scientists state that a sub-species known as the eastern elk became extinct due to widespread settlement and related hunting. But the elk that find a new home in Virginia are Rocky Mountain elk.

TR

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