Elk NetworkElk Watchers Drawn to West Virginia

General | November 7, 2019

The word is definitely getting out about wild, free-ranging elk being back in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources offered nearly two dozen “elk management tours” from mid-September to mid-October and sold out all of them.

“In all, we had 227 people go out with us on 20 tours,” Lauren Cole, Chief Logan State Park naturalist and tour leader, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Most of them were from West Virginia, but we also had some from Arizona, Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia.”

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation assisted with the successful reintroduction of elk to their native West Virginia range in 2016.

(Photo source: Virginia Department of Commerce)