HOLDEN, W. Va. – On the land where coal was once mined, officials have trumpeted the return of an elk herd to West Virginia for the first time in 141 years.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials from the state Division of Natural Resources introduced to the public on 24 moose Monday in a desert area in southern West Virginia.
Hundreds of people viewed it a few hundred yards away in a holding pen where they used to. They will be released later this month.
DNR biologists captured the elk in Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in November. The elk were placed in quarantine to determine whether they are disease-free, were transported to Logan County last Thursday.
Officials are touting the elk’s contributions to tourism. Each of the herds by the state since 1875.