MADISON (WKOW) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and partnered groups are considering changes to Wisconsin's current elk management plan.
The changes could increase the size of the current elk range in northern Wisconsin and moving forward with plans to establish a new elk herd in the 68,000-acre Black River State Forest area.
As part of a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point study, wild elk were first introduced in Ashland County in 1995. In the past, plans were made to place elk in the forest near Black River Falls but it was never carried out.
The elk herd has grown from 25 initially introduced near Clam Lake to about 150. The main heard remains near Clam Lake with a smaller herd near Burnett.
The last of six public input sessions on the future of the elk herd in Wisconsin is Monday night at Wildwood Lodge in Pewaukee.
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