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Wind Cave, Custer parks teaming on elk management

CUSTER (AP) -- Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park will cooperate in the management of elk that use the parks.

According to media reports, the two superintendents agreed Friday to install drop-down gates along the fence to allow elk to travel between the two parks.

The parks share a common fence that restricts movement of elk between the two areas.

Park officials say the agreement will benefit both parks by allowing managers the tools needed to manage elk populations.

Wind Cave's elk management plans call for an elk population of 232 to 475. In the winter there were an estimated 850 to 900.

The collaborative project will start sometime this summer or late fall when conditions are right for the movement of elk.