Virginia Elk Reintroduction on Track
According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries is making steady progress to reintroduce elk in 2012. When completed Virginia will join other states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, and others that have either reintroduced or are planning elk reintroductions.
The program will introduce 75 elk to the county, forming the basis of a herd that could eventually include 400 animals. “We’re right on schedule with the plan to introduce them in 2012,” said James C. Branham, chairman of the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors. “I’m not exactly sure when in 2012, but that’s the target date.” Most of the county’s residents have supported the plan to reintroduce elk to local forests. “We had a public hearing on it and I think we had about 80 some people there,” Branham recalled. “I believe we had two residents who expressed some concern about it to the group. “