TWRA won't be able to sell their elk for $50,000.00 to $100,00.00
Despite USDA nix, state pursues elk plans (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Tennessee may not have more elk, and they may not have a means to raise funds for more elk, but they are still putting plans in place for a possible elk hunt in 2008. Greg Wathen, chief of wildlife for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, said the agency would continue to work towards a hunt during the fall of next year despite the dual setbacks. "Yes, that is still the plan," Wathen said. Plans to bring more elk to Tennessee from Elk Island National Park in Canada were scuttled last month when the United States Department of Agriculture said the elk failed to meet USDA criteria. Now, using the 2008 elk hunt as a fundraiser took a hit when Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission quashed a bill that would have allowed the agency to charge Sportsman License holders to apply for elk permits.