SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's elk population is on the rebound after nearly vanishing and now the state is proposing a new management plan for the animals.
Currently each of the state's 22 isolated herds are monitored individually, using guidelines drafted in the 1980s.
The draft Statewide Elk Conservation and Management Plan - released for public review last week - seeks to coordinate efforts. The Mercury News reported Monday that the goal is to improve elks' genetic diversity and grazing lands - with an eye toward boosting herds by another 10 percent.
The newspaper says the elk population has steadily increased from 3,500 to 13,000 over four decades. Extensive hunting and habitat loss throughout the 1800s nearly wiped out the species.
The public comment period for the draft plan runs through Jan. 29, 2018.