MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Elk will be re-introduced in west central Wisconsin as soon as 2014.
The state Natural Resources Board has approved a plan developed earlier this year.
It would bring about 75 elk to the Black River Falls area – and it would add at least 200 elk to the state’s only existing herd in the Clam Lake region, where 180 animals are located now.
The state has spoken with officials in Kentucky about supplying the additional elk. The Jackson County herd would be based in the Black River State Forest, where a long-term goal of 400 elk has been established.
Officials say the expansion of the Clam Lake herd would result in a long-range goal of 1,400 elk. The effort to re-introduce the elk started in Ashland County in the mid-1990’s, when 25 animals were brought in.
The Black River Falls expansion has been held due to previous concerns about chronic wasting disease in the state’s deer herd.