I went to Kentucky this week to field train with University of Kentucky PhD student John Hast. John’s research focuses on bull elk population ecology, health (parasitological and disease aspects) and resource selection. He is working under University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Professor, Dr. John Cox, in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has over 10,000 free-ranging elk now. From 1997 to 2002, Kentucky released 1,500 elk relocated from western states. The elk restoration zone consists of 16 counties, approximately 4 million acres, in eastern Kentucky. The area contains numerous reclaimed surface coal mines interspersed with forest creating the right habitat combination for elk to thrive.
Best wishes to all,