Management Plan Recommends Elk in Three Va. Counties

June 3, 2010

A committee developing an elk management plan for Virginia is recommending a restoration plan that would establish 1,200 of the Rocky Mountain natives in three southwest counties.

The restoration would be achieved over 12 years by releasing 200 elk in the Coalfields counties of Buchanan (buck-ANN'-un), Dickenson and Wise, which border Kentucky. That state has approximately 10,000 elk, and some have already wandered across the state line into Virginia.

The proposal will be reviewed by the board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at a meeting Tuesday in Richmond.

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