W.Va. establishes 2 areas for elk reintroduction effort

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia wildlife officials have announced creation of two new wildlife management areas as part of an effort to re-establish elk herds in the state.

Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala said Friday that the 4,300-acre Tomblin Wildlife Management Area will be established in Logan County. A 4,500-acre tract in McDowell County will be managed as part of the nearby Tug Fork Wildlife Management Area.

Fala said the state will lease the two tracts from Ecosystem Investment Partners, a landholding company, and might acquire them outright later.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/1Qvkl9t ) that the wildlife agency still needs to determine where to obtain elk. Fala said a logical source would be Kentucky, which has a large herd and has provided animals for reintroduction efforts in Virginia, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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