Wis. DNR wants public input on elk restoration

By: WEAU staff Email
By: WEAU staff Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources is looking for public feedback on efforts to re-establish elk in Wisconsin.

The DNR estimates about 180 elk currently roam Ashland County. The animals descended from 25 elk captured in Michigan and released in the Clam Lake area in 1995. The DNR has proposed adding at least 200 more elk to the Clam Lake herd and introducing up to 75 elk to the Black River State Forest.

The agency has set up an online survey asking people for their thoughts on elk restoration, including whether they are concerned elk might compete with other wildlife, whether they're worried about car-elk crashes and whether they'd be interested in hunting elk.

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