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Growing Elk Population Spurs New State Management Plan

California's elk now number 13,000, up from just 3,500 40 years ago.

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Historically, elk roamed most of California–until hunting and habit loss nearly wiped them out. But now, the state’s population has boomed to 13,000 in 22 herds, prompting wildlife officials to release a new, comprehensive management plan. One major goal: expand and connect elk habitats for continued growth.