May 17, 2010
An elk management plan for Virginia will offer wildlife regulators several options to manage the state's small population of the Rocky Mountain native that has wandered over from Kentucky.
The draft plan ranges from doing nothing to stocking elk for hunting and tourism in seven southwest counties. The plan is headed to a Game and Inland Fisheries committee on May 24 and to the full commission in June.
The director of the department's wildlife division said the plan is intended to offer several possibilities for commissioners to consider and the public to debate.
Virginia's native elk was hunted into extinction more than 150 years ago.