Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, at 608-261-7589
November 13, 2018
MADISON - State wildlife officials are reminding the public, and especially hunters, to be aware of elk and moose on the landscape in central and far northern Wisconsin as they enjoy fall hunting seasons.
Hunters should always be sure of your target and what lies beyond - this ensures the safety of other people, but it is also necessary to avoid the accidental shooting of non-target animals, said Kevin Wallenfang, elk and deer biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Elk reintroduction began in Wisconsin in 1995, and the herd now numbers more than 200. They are regularly encountered in the far northern counties of Ashland, Sawyer, Price, Rusk and Bayfield Counties. Reintroduction efforts beginning in 2014 brought elk back to Jackson County, and elk are seen regularly there and in surrounding counties as well.
While Wisconsin has not reintroduced moose, animals do wander into the state and even take up permanent residency as a result of successful reintroduction in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and a native population of moose in Minnesota. Fall 2018 moose sightings have been frequent in Wisconsin's northernmost counties and as far south as Clark County.