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Arizona plans to transfer roughly 60 elk to West Virginia


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What do you do when you have too many elk? Ship them to West Virginia. Over the next few years, Arizona plans to transfer up to 60 elk to the Mountain State. The animals will most likely be relocated to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County – the same area where about 24 elk were released last December, MetroNews reports.

Arizona expects to complete the transfer over the next two to four years. And, if successful, could continue.

“Additional translocations in the next 2-4 years may be considered pending the success of this translocation and the status of our elk populations here [in Arizona],” Amber Munig, big game management supervisor for the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD) told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “We are not starting the logistical planning for the translocation, so we do not have more details yet.”

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While the West Virginia of Natural Resources has yet to comment on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission’s decision, the agreement supports the West Virginia Elk Restoration Plan, which calls “for the reintroduction on at least two southern West Virginia sites,” according to MetroNews. Last year, 24 were relocated from Kentucky; three of the elk died after the transfer, but two elk calves were born this summer.

Arizona elk could be relocated as early as January, February or March of 2018 by a professional livestock hauling company.

Stay tuned to goHUNT for further information.


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Benton L. - posted 2 years ago on 08-27-2017 09:10:43 pm

Awesome News!

Jacob B. - posted 2 years ago on 08-25-2017 07:08:14 am
El Paso TX

What units would they be taken from and what does arizona get ?

kyle g. - posted 2 years ago on 08-09-2017 01:02:19 am
Lake Nebagamon, WI

I'm wondering where the elk will be take from mostly

Jonathan D. - posted 2 years ago on 08-08-2017 06:18:41 pm
Mesa, AZ

Does Arizona get anything back from WV? I know AZ has done animal swaps in the past with other states (e.g. antelope for Rocky Mtn Bighorn). I'm not sure what WV would have to offer besides money. Just curious.

Erik S. - posted 2 years ago on 08-08-2017 01:12:53 pm

Conservation work at its finest! Awesome