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DNR reports elk herd growing well in northwest Wisconsin

CLAM LAKE, WI (WTAQ) - It’s been a great summer for the elk herd in northwest Wisconsin.

The state DNR said about three dozen calves have been born. Female babies outnumbered the males for the first time since elk were reintroduced to the Clam Lake area in 1995.

Biologist Laine Stowell tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the calves are doing well in spite of lower birth weights. That’s probably because the mother elk has lots of food available.

Also, Stowell says none of the elk calves have been killed by bears this summer. Normally, the death rate is as high as 25 percent, but Stowell believes the bear hunting season has helped the elk herd avoid being attacked.

Wolves can also attack elk. Stowell says they’re normally the most dangerous from January to the middle of May.