Anthropologist Questions Missouri Elk Introduction
Missouri has been working on a historic elk reintroduction for years; however as we have reported in the past not everybody is happy about the new cervids. While criticism thus far has been limited to some in the agricultural community, University of Missouri anthropologist Lee Lyman is also leveling some concerns. The Columbia Daily Tribune has a write up on Dr. Lyman's thoughts.
He said a 2002 MU study completed by a graduate student proved most prehistoric elk remains found in Missouri were in the field plains of the northwestern area of the state, not the southeast reintroduction location at Peck Ranch. “This is not elk country, in my opinion,” Lyman said. He warned the decision to put elk in a location where they did not previously live could have “unintended negative consequences that are difficult to predict.”