LOGAN, WV — Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) announced today the successful transport of 17 elk to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County. The elk will be evaluated and held for a short period of time before being released into the wild, bringing the state’s growing elk population up to 127.
“As Governor, I'm thrilled to announce that West Virginia's elk population has reached an incredible 127 animals,” Gov. Justice said. “Since our reintroduction efforts began several years ago, these majestic creatures have returned to grace our state, enriching our ecosystem and offering unparalleled outdoor experiences. This achievement is a testament to the tireless efforts of our dedicated DNR staff, whose commitment to conservation is truly commendable. We remain committed to further expanding our elk population, fostering tourism, and ensuring a vibrant future for these iconic animals in West Virginia.”