Elk once again roam the public lands in eastern Jackson County, thanks to a reintroduction project that began in 2015. In December 2014 a 5-year agreement was reached between Wisconsin and Kentucky that would provide Jackson County with wild elk. The overall goal is to grow the herd to approximately 400 in the Black River Country Elk Range and eventually have an elk hunting season. This plan has strong support from state and local officials as well as wildlife enthusiasts.

There are more than 70 elk now roaming the forests of Jackson County, which has habitat that can support the elk. Many are equipped with radio collars so wildlife officials can continue to monitor them. One potential viewing spot for visitors is to take a drive along North Settlement Road through the Black River State Forest or Highway O in Millston. If you’re lucky enough to see an elk, be sure to take a picture and share it with us!