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Chief Logan State Park naturalist Lauren Cole (center) leads the Division of Natural Resources’ elk management tours in October 2018.

LOGAN, W.Va. — Guided tours of elk have returned to southern West Virginia.

The West Virginia State Parks system announced that viewing tours will be held on weekends starting Sept. 11 and ending Oct. 24. They will start and finish at the Chief Logan State Park lodge in Logan County, the parks system said in a news release.

There also will be a few midweek evening tours. Morning tours start at 5:30 a.m. and evening tours start at 4 p.m.

Each tour is limited to 12 people. The tours typically will last four hours, depending on weather and viewing conditions. Groups typically walk or hike up to three miles. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased online.

Elk have been transplanted over the past five years at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County. They were brought from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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