West Virginia uses cameras to track elk population

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia wildlife officials are
using trail cameras to track the state's growing elk population.
Division of Natural Resources assistant wildlife chief Paul
Johansen says that the elk are migrating from Kentucky
and Virginia. Efforts are under way in those states to re-establish
the elk population.
Johansen says elk don't recognize state borders, so West
Virginia needs to monitor the animals to determine how to best
manage them.
There are concerns with the elk's return to West Virginia after
more than a century, including damage to crops and elk-vehicle
collisions. But Johansen says many hunters support growing the elk
population.
However, there will be no elk hunting until the population
reaches at least 950 animals in a nearly 3,000 square mile area
covering seven counties.


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