GUEST COLUMN: Missouri landowners still not sold on elk plan

Monday, September 27, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 7:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 9, 2010

It was like déjà vu all over again. On Sept. 21 at City Hall in Salem, the public was invited to share their thoughts on the Missouri Department of Conservation's proposal to reintroduce wild elk in three southern Missouri counties. One participant observed that a similar meeting took place in the same room almost 10 years ago when the department proposed a similar plan. That plan was "suspended" due to the opposition of landowners throughout the state.