Elk Return to Missouri Hits a Snag
On Monday we posted about Missouri finalizing plans to reintroduce elk to the state. Apparently not everyone is excited about the prospects of large ungulates in the Show-Me state.
OzarksFirst.com has a write up about a couple of state representatives that have issues with Elk returning to Missouri.
At a House Interim Committee on Budget Transparency hearing at the State Capitol Monday, State Rep. Casey is , R-Bethany, a former dairy farmer from northwest Missouri, said he is worried about the large grazing animals both for the safety of motorists in the elk restoration area and for farmers who do not want elk on their land. He suggested he may favor legislation that would make the Department of Conservation liable for any damage the animals would do.
"I am from a part of the country [suburban St. Louis] where deer is our biggest community discussion," said Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country. "The only predator of the deer where I come from is the automobile. Call me silly...but why do we want to bring elk in and have potential problems like Representative Guernsey is talking about?"
Its interesting that Rep Guernsey is suggesting that the state pay all damages related to reintroduced elk. It's simply the same argument made by Montana Senator Joe Balyeat in regards to wolves in Montana.