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WV Elk
West Virginia
Contributors to this thread:
JayD 09-Oct-17
sportoutfitter 09-Oct-17
Jim Casto Jr 09-Oct-17
Babysaph 10-Oct-17
gobbler 10-Oct-17
gobbler 10-Oct-17
gobbler 10-Oct-17
gobbler 10-Oct-17
Big-Otis-Jeff 10-Oct-17
JayD 10-Oct-17
sportoutfitter 10-Oct-17
gobbler 10-Oct-17
sportoutfitter 10-Oct-17
WV Mountaineer 10-Oct-17
bubbastump 25-Oct-17
Big-Otis-Jeff 25-Oct-17
From: JayD
09-Oct-17
I think I read somewhere - where the elk that were brought in - there was something like 2 or 3 calves born and maybe one died. My question on this because I am not an elk expert - I was thinking there must have been more than 2 or 3 cow elk brought in so why such the low number of calves this year? I figured being new to the area may have been a shock to them for the first year but should we expect a higher number or percentage of cows having calves in the near future?

09-Oct-17
Of the 24 they released, they had 6 pregnant cows Jay. 2 died after release, 2-3 sounds about right. The gestation period is 240-260 days. I would imagine the next round of calves will be more telling of how there doing.

From: Jim Casto Jr
09-Oct-17
From the WV DNR site:

"Of the 24 elk brought to West Virginia in 2016, six were pregnant, though two died soon after release. DNR officials believe at least one other cow is currently pregnant. The gestation period for elk lasts between 240 and 260 days."

From: Babysaph
10-Oct-17
are those animals tagged and tracked?

From: gobbler
10-Oct-17
We lost another calf a few weeks ago when a cow and calf were hit and killed on 119. Plans are underway to collar the new calves.

From: gobbler
10-Oct-17
The pregnancy test was done early. There were some false positives. There was one false negative. That is a cow that tested negative ended up having a calf.

From: gobbler
10-Oct-17

gobbler's embedded Photo
gobbler's embedded Photo
The calf from the cow that had a negative pregnancy test.

From: gobbler
10-Oct-17
The stress from being caught, transported, then released in a completely unknown environment can cause elk or any animal to halt their pregnancy and absorb the placenta thus stopping their pregnancy. This frequently happens with winter stressed deer. Like sportoutfitter said above next spring will tell for sure how they are doing. From the size and weight gain this year I suspect there's going to be a good number of calves dropped next year. There is ample food available and the acorn mast available is going to help make sure they go into winter in prime condition.

10-Oct-17
Plus we lost a calf and cow to a car accident last month.

From: JayD
10-Oct-17
Thanks everyone for the info - wasn’t complaining just curious about them.

10-Oct-17
Are they planning any more being brought in Gobbler. Thought I read somewhere, they may release some in Wyoming or McDowell counties.

From: gobbler
10-Oct-17
Yes, unless something happens another 50 from AZ is supposed to arrive after first of year. They will be released in same area. After that, in following years they plan to release additional elk at an area along WY/ McD county line.

10-Oct-17
I hope we have the same success KY has had. Their elk population has boomed

10-Oct-17
Man, this is really cool. Seeing that hard horned bull following those cows and calf put me in CO for a second. I can't wait to have enough running around, that hearing bugling in the fall is possible. Awesome. God Bless

From: bubbastump
25-Oct-17
they are bringing 60 elk from Arizona in early 2018

25-Oct-17
So is the new wildlife area where they released the elk open to the public yet to hike?

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