Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 8, 2014

Final herd of elk to be introduced in Va. Friday

GRUNDY, Va. — After a nearly five-year process, Virginia’s elk restoration project is nearing a completion in Buchanan County.

According to regional wildlife manager Allen Boyton with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the last group of about 40 elk will arrive Friday morning.

“We always intended to bring around 75 elk, but we did not trap as many this winter as we would have liked to. So we will have a total of 71 elk on the release area that we have brought from Kentucky,” Boyton said.

The purpose of the project is to restore elk to Southwest Virginia. Once the elk are trapped, they are held in quarintine in Kentucky before being transported to Buchanan, Boyton said.

“The elk stay mostly in the release areas,” Boyton said. “A few have gone as far as 10 miles away but returned back with the others.”

Back in May 2012, a small herd of elk was transplanted from Kentucky to a site in Buchanan County, Va. Since that time, their numbers have grown as they have acclimated to their new home.

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