Environmental features shown for the elk conservation area at Peck Ranch

May 17, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Peck Ranch Wildlife Biologist Ryan Houf shows topographic and environmental features of the conservation area to members of the media. Peck Ranch is the epicenter of Missouri's elk restoration zone, a 346-square-mile area straddling Shannon, Carter, and Reynolds counties in southeast Missouri. The majority of the land in the area is publicly owned, but some private landowners are worried about long-term negative effects the relocated elk may pose.

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