Results for POLL s722

Do you support a 42-day spring turkey season instead of six seven-day hunting periods?

YES 20% | NO 80% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | COMMENTS [2]

Should Wisconsin locate a second elk herd in Jackson County?

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Proposed Black River Falls Elk Herd

Considerable public interest and adequate habitat within Jackson County has driven the Department to consider release of a second elk herd.

Following the successful reintroduction of elk to the Clam Lake area, an interested and dedicated group of sportsmen known as the Jackson County Wildlife Fund (JCWF) proposed the concept of reintroduction of elk to eastern Jackson County.

The Jackson County board adopted a resolution in support of the reintroduction of elk to public lands in eastern Jackson County. The JCWF forwarded their proposal to the Wisconsin DNR.

The Wisconsin DNR, after determining that historical and adequate elk habitat existed in the Black River area, conducted public meetings in March of 1999 and September of 2000 to determine if public support existed on a community level. The three meetings held in September of 2000 showed support among the public.

In December of 2001, the Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved the Black River Falls Elk Herd Management Plan. However, with the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Wisconsin’s wild whitetail deer herd in 2002, all movement of cervids across state borders was halted.

The efforts and resources of the Department were focused on identifying the extent to which CWD was present in the state, protecting and maintaining the health of the wildlife populations already established, and containing and eliminating the disease.

Since relocating cervids and inflating cervid densities in an area can increase the potential for disease transmission, plans to reintroduce elk to the Black River Falls area were postponed.


NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL s723

Should Wisconsin locate a second elk herd in Jackson County?

YES 75% | NO 10% | MAYBE 15% | UNDECIDED 0% | COMMENTS [6]

6 thoughts on “DSORe POLL S723

  1. Comment #6 (YES) | Survey Monkey
    Yes — give the elk another shot in a new area and see how the results compare – or differ.
    6/14/2012 1:33 PM

  2. Comment #5 (MAYBE) | Survey Monkey
    Too many wolves. They will eat em all. No deer there now. Eliminate predators first.
    6/7/2012 10:18 PM

  3. Comment #4 (YES) |Survey Monkey
    Elk are more than an animal to be hunted. They are also a recreational animal to observe and enjoy.
    6/7/2012 9:06 AM

  4. Comment #3 (MAYBE) | Survey Monkey
    Don’t waste taxpayer or DNR funds on it. The reintroduction of elk to the Clam Lake area was NOT successful! That’s irresponsible to say it is! From 25 elk in 1995 to 169 elk in 2011 is a DISMAL reproduction rate (16 years). Eastern Kentucky went from 1507 elk, starting in 1997 to 6,500 animals in 2006 (9 years). If individuals want to spend their own money on it, have at it. If Clam Lake is any indication of the problems with habitat, climate and predators, they’d be better off sending their money to KY.
    6/6/2012 9:48 PM

  5. Comment #2 (YES) | Survey Monkey
    Consider starting another elk herd in Risk Co. also.
    6/6/2012 9:39 PM

  6. Comment #1 (YES) | Survey Monkey
    It would be in everyones’ best interest to have a second elk population in Jackson County! Just think of the added tourism and the interest in the area that would generate.
    6/6/2012 9:27 PM

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