Wildlife group to help Missouri reintroduce elk

Monday, November 29, 2010 | 10:30 a.m. CST; updated 6:51 a.m. CST, Tuesday, November 30, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri conservation officials will get help from the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation to return elk herds to the southern part of the state.

The Missouri Conservation Commission decided in October to restore wild elk in a 346-square-mile protected zone in parts of Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. The Appalachian Wildlife Foundation plans to help develop a long-term conservation plan and raise at least $50,000. The money will go toward disease testing, radio collaring, initial monitoring and other expenses.

Elk were native to Missouri but were killed off in the mid-1800s. Some farmers have opposed introducing wild elk because of concerns about crop damage, vehicle accidents and other potential problems.


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Ellis Smith November 29, 2010 | 6:26 p.m.

"Protected zone." That's nice, but who will protect the elk (and motorists) from collisions with motor vehicles, which weren't around in the mid-1800s. Hitting an elk isn't the same as hitting a deer. Unless you are driving something really large, you may not survive the collision.

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