MOOSE RESCUED IN NORTHERN WI On Sept. 24, Canadian Railroad staff noticed a moose entangled in wire near a train track outside Phillips, WI. Railroad staff contacted DNR. With the help of the U.S Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, they and our staff immobilized the moose and removed the wire. Within an hour, the moose was freed, allowed to roam once again.
ELK RELEASED IN JACKSON COUNTY 39 elk from Kentucky have arrived at their new home near Black River Falls. This is the second year of a five-year elk reintroduction program being conducted by the Wisconsin DNR. We are taking special precautions to make sure the elk become accustomed to their new home in Jackson County. The elk will be held in quarantine, as required, within a seven-acre holding pen in the Black River State Forest to satisfy health testing requirements and allow the elk to become familiar with their new surroundings. The area around this pen is closed to the public during this time. Additionally, please avoid the general vicinity of the closed area until the elk are released this summer. Minimizing human disturbance near the release site will allow the elk to adjust to their new home and will help maximize the success of reintroduction efforts. Once released into the wild, these elk will join last year’s inaugural herd that was introduced into Jackson County. This five-year agreement between Wisconsin and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes to provide Wisconsin with as many as 150 wild elk. Learn more about the elk reintroduction project here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/elk.html.