7/25/11 – With the Wisconsin elk herd reaching a record level of 175, the DNR says it is going to expand the herd beyond Clam Lake. Biologists report 34 elk calves were born this spring despite the rough winter. Nine of the 34 died and radio collars have been put on 22 others. This year’s herd size represents an increase of 15 percent and is its largest since 25 elk were transplanted into Wisconsin in 1995. A dozen of the elk have now been moved from the 90 square mile area around Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties to a location near Clam Lake. The elk range now covers a little over 11 hundred square miles.