Fishtrap Lake Wildlife Area (Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife or KYF&W) began an Elk Restoration Program in 2009 at Fishtrap Lake.
The Program began on the 15,000 acre Area in 2009 with an initial release of 13 Elk relocated from other areas of Kentucky.
Elk are indigenous to Kentucky being hunted out before 1900. Kentucky's current Elk population was initially restored by Elk imported from Utah.
Since this initial release, smaller releases of two to five Elk have occurred from time to time. The Area currently has four herds with a population of 70 animals.
The Restoration Area encompasses Corps of Engineer, Pike County Kentucky and private lands. Much of the Area is atop reclaimed strip mined lands. KYF&W plans viewing areas and hunts in the future as the herd develops.