Elk pop­u­la­tion grow­ing in Vir­ginia: How should it be man­aged?

Rappahannock News - - THEATER • WASHINGTON -

The Vir­ginia De­part­ment of Game and In­land Fish­eries (DGIF) has de­vel­oped an Elk Man­age­ment Plan to de­fine and de­scribe the fu­ture of elk man­age­ment in Vir­ginia, fo­cused in the South­west re­gion of the Com­mon­wealth but ap­ply­ing to all Vir­gini­ans.

The DGIG is ask­ing for pub­lic help in a cru­cial part of the plan de­vel­op­ment process. With elk es­tab­lished and grow­ing in Vir­ginia, DGIF is plan­ning for long term, sus­tain­able man­age­ment of the large an­i­mal shaped by sound sci­ence and pub­lic in­put.

Vir­ginia’s Elk Man­age­ment Plan is an ex­ten­sive summary of the cur­rent state of knowl­edge re­gard­ing his­tory, bi­ol­ogy and ecol­ogy of elk and longterm goals, ob­jec­tives and strate­gies for how elk will be man­aged into the fu­ture. Those goals were shaped through a process so­lic­it­ing and fos­ter­ing in­put and guid­ance from var­i­ous stake­holder rep­re­sen­ta­tives as the plan was formed.

The sec­tion of the plan de­scrib­ing the goals that will guide elk man­age­ment is the fo­cal area where the DGIF needs pub­lic help.

How do peo­ple feel about elk in Vir­ginia?

Does the plan an­tic­i­pate the con­cerns re­gard­ing elk man­age­ment?

Are there op­por­tu­ni­ties that we can an­tic­i­pate to come from elk man­age­ment that have not been ad­dressed?

Are there parts of the plan that re­quire ad­di­tional clar­i­fi­ca­tion?

The pur­pose of the plan is to pro­vide strate­gic guid­ance for the man­age­ment of elk that will be used by DGIF staff to man­age elk into the fu­ture and is not in­tended to de­tail all strate­gies that will be used in that man­age­ment. Please pro­vide all com­ments to DGIF no later than Dec. 5, 2018.

The fastest and most con­ve­nient way to com­ment on the plan is to visit the DGIF web­site at www.dgif.vir­ginia.gov and down­load a copy of the plan. The web­site will also pro­vide an on­line por­tal to sub­mit com­ments.

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