Elk relocated to southwest Virginia.
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Late this week, livestock trailers will rumble their way across mountain roads from Kentucky, coming to a halt in a field that was once a coal mine in the War Fork area of Buchanan County.
And as the cargo is carefully unloaded, a chapter in the book of Virginia’s elk restoration will end.
Some 45 elk have been rounded up in nearby Kentucky, and been under quarantine under a veterinarian’s watchful eye since early February, said Allen Boynton, a regional wildlife manager for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the state agency overseeing the restoration efforts.
This year’s group of elk represents the third and largest herd of elk brought over, and the herd will join the 25 to 30 elk that are already living at the site, which is on private property. There are 14 bulls and 31 cows in this herd, Boynton said, adding that 16 of the cows are pregnant.