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Elk in Virginia

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by T.R., Mar 10, 2011.

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  1. T.R.

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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
     
  2. Hanshi

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    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.
     
  3. Silent Sam

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    They were already wandering in from Tennessee or Kentucky, whichever has already reintroduced them. I think it was Kentucky.
     
  4. Cash4Gold

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    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.
     
  5. SheepNutz

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    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...
     
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    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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