Elk used to bugle during the fall in Wisconsin’s Black River Falls Area.
This fall, the elk bugle will sound again.
Years of input and planning saw the first elk return as part of state reintroduction efforts this spring.
The elk released came from Kentucky. A 120-day period of health testing and quarantine requirements are being observed before releasing the animals into the wild.
Elk were reintroduced to the Clam Lake area in 1995. At the time, the Black River Falls Area was mentioned as another location, but nothing materialized.
In 2012, discussions about the area resumed and are finally coming to fruition.
Once the elk herd reaches acceptable population numbers, public hunts will help maintain the health and numbers of the herd.