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Friday, August 16, 2013

Virginia Elk Reintroduction Gets Another BIG Boost

Courtesy Leon Boyd/RMEF South West Virginia Coalfields Chapter
It was just one line located near the bottom of a news release issued by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It states, “In other wildlife-related business, commissioners recommended providing 50 elk to Virginia for that state’s elk restoration efforts.” True, the focus of the release was on Kentucky waterfowl licenses and seasons but that one short line has big, positive ramifications for returning more elk to their native range.

Assuming all goes as planned; the addition of 50 elk will cap reintroduction efforts by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to eventually grow Virginia’s elk herd to 400 animals which would promote both wildlife viewing and limited hunting opportunities. It was just this past May when a successful reintroduction of 10 elk, also from Kentucky, hit the ground in Buchanan County. Those elk joined an existing herd of 24 animals. 

Funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation helped pay for those previous efforts. And RMEF’s wallet will again be open to assist with the third and final Virginia elk reintroduction. On top of that, RMEF volunteers plan to be on the ground in both Kentucky and Virginia to lend a helping hand.

Our thanks to all for your continuing support that makes worthy efforts like this one possible!


  1. I'm very happy to hear elk are back in Virginia!

  2. That decision is up to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

  3. oh okay. Do you know how many elk total are in Virginia right now? Or would I have to contact Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on the Virginia elk?

  4. Virginia's on-the-ground biologists will have the latest info Heather.

  5. Okay, how would I contact them? And thanks for answering all my questions, I appreciate it!

  6. Contact info here: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/contact/