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Wildlife groups unite to grow Jackson County elk population

Posted October 15

— Jackson County's elk population is slowly growing as wildlife officials focus on reintroducing the animals to the area.

The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports that bringing elk back to the area was discussed nearly 20 years ago, but it wasn't until July that elk from Kentucky were released in the Black River State Forest.

The project, with about 60 elk in the herd, is a joint effort that includes the Ho-Chunk Nation, Department of Natural Resources, Jackson County Wildlife Fund, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Jackson County Parks & Forestry. The groups together have spent at least $550,000 on the project.

Officials have a goal of growing the herd to 390 elk.

Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls donates $1 from each case of Bugler Brown Ale to the county's wildlife fund. It generated $1,300 last year.


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