Kentucky park closer to becoming wildlife tourism attraction

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A group in southeastern Kentucky has closed on a long-awaited deal that will allow it to build a wildlife center that officials hope will become a key tourism attraction.

WYMT-TV reports that the Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority on Tuesday finalized the sale of 500 acres of land to the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation for $700,000.

The land had been part of an empty industrial park in Bell County near a bridge that local residents had taken to calling the “bridge to nowhere.”

Officials say they hope to break ground for the planned education center as soon as next year.

The foundation projected last year that 600,000 visitors will come in 2021 to see the site’s elk, black bears and other wildlife.