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A tourist’s-eye view of a West Virginia ‘elk-management’ tour

By JOHN McCOY

Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Division of Natural Resources; elk management tours, led by Chief Logan State Park naturalist Lauren Cole, center, begin on a ridge overlooking the pen where elk imported to the state are quarantined before they are released.
(Gazette-Mail photo by John McCoy)

HOLDEN, W.Va.   This wasn’t the way I had envisioned things.

A cold rain spattered the windshield of my car as I pulled out of the Gazette-Mail parking building and steered south toward Logan County. “Not great weather for an elk tour,” I groused.

Since Sept. 8, when the state Parks Section began running what they call “elk-management tours” out of Chief Logan State Park, I’d wanted to go on one — not as a privileged member of the media, but as a regular paying customer.

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