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Elk Herd Growing
(2008-01-04)
(wgvu) - A state wildlife biologist says that an elk
herd started in northern Wisconsin more than a decade ago is
growing again.
That's partly because wolves have killed far fewer of the
majestic animals the past two years.
Laine Stowell of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
says the latest count puts the herd at about 130 elk.
That's the most ever.
It represents 13 percent growth.
He says the growth happened despite far more elk calves being
killed by bear and vehicle crashes.
In 1995, 25 elk from Michigan were released in Chequamegon
National Forest near Clam Lake to try to re-establish a herd that
had vanished by 1866.
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