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WI board set to OK hearings on second elk herd

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MADISON (WKOW) – Wisconsin wildlife officials are set to authorize public hearings on new rules establishing the state's second elk herd on Wednesday in Baraboo.

The Department of Natural Resources wants to create a second herd of elk from Kentucky near Black River Falls. DNR officials also want to expand the state's lone elk herd that currently roams the Clam Lake area.  They hope to import the first 50 animals in 2015.

The agency has drafted regulations that would establish a new management zone for the new herd with a population goal of 390 animals.  The new rules would also set the opening day for an elk season on October 15.

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