More than 150 people attend public meetings on elk management plan revision October 16, 2012 Wisconsin

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     More than 150 people attended five public meetings throughout the state to hear proposals to boost the Clam Lake elk herd and start a new herd in the Black River State Forest.  The Department of Natural Resources along with several tribal and private partners have been formulating proposals to address current conditions that were not anticipated when elk were introduced to the Clam Lake area in 1995.
     “We’ve learned a great deal in the past 18 years,” said Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the DNR. “Species management plans need to be dusted off every now and then to address new knowledge that will benefit the species.”  Specifically, biologists want to amend the elk management plan to: expand the current Clam Lake elk range; allow the importation of wild elk from outside Wisconsin to establish an elk herd in the Black River Falls area; and to add additional elk to the current Clam Lake elk herd.
     Wallenfang says because eastern elk don’t travel great distances like they do in western states, the plan also acknowledges the value of capturing and moving existing elk to areas of suitable habitat... Department staff is using the comments voiced at the meetings to make changes to the plan amendment before it is presented to the Natural Resources Board in December. Anyone still interested in reading the elk management plan and providing input may do so by completing an online survey on the elk reintroduction by searching the DNR website for “elk reintroduction.” The survey will be available through Friday, Oct. 19.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT; Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, at 608-261-7589

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