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West Virginia game officials to get elk from Arizona in restoration effort

West Virginia game officials to get elk from Arizona in restoration effort

West Virginia wildlife officials said 60 elk coming to the state from Arizona will be captured in January.

Division of Natural Resources wildlife chief Paul Johansen told The Gazette-Mail that a private company will capture the animals in Arizona over a three-day period in late January and state workers will tag and microchip them and take blood samples.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved the capture and transport as part of West Virginia's ongoing elk restoration project.

West Virginia elk project leader Randy Kelley said after the animals are captured, they will be held in quarantine for 30 days in Arizona, and then put on trucks for transport to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County, West Virginia.

They will join nearly two dozen elk received in 2016.

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