In 1995, Kentucky game officials, in coordination with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, proposed reestablishing elk in the southeastern part of the state. In 1997, the first Rocky Mountain elk were transplanted to a 14-county restoration zone, including Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry and Pike counties. In addition to the restoration zone, a 10-county buffer zone was set up. It includes Elliott, Jackson, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, McCreary, Morgan, Owsley, Whitley and Wolfe counties. Much of the elk habitat lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest.