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Choppers drive elk from Wind Cave to Custer

CUSTER (AP) -- Park officials are using a pair of helicopters to drive hundreds of elk from Wind Cave National Park into nearby Custer State Park.

The drive is aimed at reducing the elk herd in Wind Cave, which numbers 900 to 950 animals. Officials would like the herd cut in half based on available habitat in the park.

The helicopter crews from Alaska-based Quicksilver Air Inc. have been in the Black Hills since the middle of February assisting with an aerial survey of elk in the Black Hills.