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Public hearing on establishing second elk herd tomorrow

BARABOO - The state Natural Resources Board is expected to order public hearings tomorrow on a plan to create a second elk herd.

DNR officials have talked about acquiring elk from Kentucky to start a new herd near Black River Falls – and to expand the current herd at Clam Lake in far northwest Wisconsin. The DNR expects to import the first of 50 new elk in 2015.

Officials have a total population goal of 390 elk, enough to start a fall hunting season. Regulations have been drafted to establish a new management zone for an elk hunt. The matter is expected to be discussed further at tomorrow’s DNR Board meeting in Baraboo.