Wisconsin Elk Herd Growing, but No Hunt this Year

By KBJR News 1

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin state wildlife officials are saying that the elk herd in the state has grown, but not enough to support a hunt in 2013.

The Department of Natural Resources hired a deer and elk research scientist to develop a long-term population estimating model. The model, along with input from other wildlife experts, tribes and partner groups ultimately led to the decision to postpone Wisconsin's first elk hunt.

Wisconsin state law requires that an elk hunt may not take place until the population surpasses 200 animals. The herd has seen moderate growth since the release of 25 elk in 1995.

As part of a revised elk management plan, the Natural Resources Board approved recommendations to bring additional wild animals into Wisconsin from a willing donor state. It will help to accelerate the herd growth, spread animals across a wider area of their range and start a second herd in Jackson County near Black river Falls.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
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